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Fife Council Welcomes Cefetra announcement at Rosyth

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Fife Council welcomes the announcement from leading agricultural specialist Cefetra Ltd that it has signed a long term agreement with Forth Ports Ltd to develop a new agri-hub at the Port of Rosyth.

The development will create a new purpose built facility at the Port that will be able to handle a range of agricultural products for the Scottish and Northern English markets.

Cllr Altany Craik, Fife Council’s Convener – Economy Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement. It once again demonstrates the unique set of assets we have on the Rosyth Waterfront, especially with its unrivalled location and excellent marine infrastructure. We are committed to working with the three main land owners, through our Invest in Fife team, in promoting the area's capabilities with the Gateway Rosyth initiative.”

Rosyth’s location and logistical links to the motorway network, make it ideally suited to supply all areas of Scotland and Northern England. In addition, Rosyth, being near to continental Europe, has advantages in short sea freight.

Under the agreement Forth Ports will develop the Port of Rosyth to provide Cefetra with an unparalleled, purpose-built facility. This will become the main Agri-hub in Scotland, handling an extensive range of agricultural products.

The Port of Rosyth will be deepened to provide a true deep-water port capable of taking vessels carrying up to 50,000 tonnes of cargo. The existing storage facilities will be enhanced with the addition of a new, extensive, purpose built agricultural products terminal, increasing the storage capacity to circa 100k tonnes.

Andrew Mackay, Managing Director at Cefetra Ltd, said: “We are pleased to have been able to reach this agreement with Forth Ports and believe that the new Rosyth Agri- hub will enable us to continue to serve our valued customers. We expect to increase the efficiency of our supply chains, taking advantage of scale and location, to bring additional benefits to our customers and to Scottish agriculture. Our expectation is to develop an annual throughput in excess of 500,000 tonnes of agricultural products, worth more than £100 million.”

Charles Hammond, Chief Executive Officer of Forth Ports Limited commented, “It’s great to have reached an agreement with Cefetra that will see us execute on another significant investment programme for a customer; reflecting our strategy of working with our customers to deliver supply chain solutions.

The development at the Port of Rosyth reflects the port’s unrivalled logistics links as well as its excellent marine capability.

We very much look forward to working with Cefetra, a long-standing Group customer to deliver this significant development, building on our overall activity within Scotland’s agricultural sector”.

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