Start of remediation work on the new maritime engineering center on the Clyde


Start of remediation work on the new maritime engineering center on the Clyde

The development of Europe’s only marine technology park on the bank of the Clyde took another step towards reality this week.

Malin Group staff and contractors were on hand to begin the first stages of site remediation for an innovative project that will create 1,000 skilled jobs.

The announcement of the first steps towards the development of the site comes a week later finance secretary Derek Mackay revealed his “Clyde Mission” – a plan to strengthen the river’s traditional strengths in shipping and marine engineering, while aiming to revive abandoned lands along the waterway.

Malin Managing Director John MacSween said: ‘We are excited about the potential that the Marine Technology Park offers to the Scottish maritime industry and it was encouraging to see diggers on site this week as development work on the site begins.

“The assumption with industry, especially the type of heavy industry traditionally associated with the Clyde, is that it has a negative impact on the environment.

John Mac Sween

“The Marine Technology Park marks a breakthrough in this regard. Sanitation and environmental protection are a major consideration for us and the development of the site by Malin will have a positive environmental impact. The actions we take will provide continued environmental protection for the Clyde River and provide long-term benefits to the river, fish and other marine life.

A team of experts including microbiologists from University of Strathclyde will work closely with West Dunbartonshire Council and SEPA, using pioneering bioremediation techniques to responsibly degrade petroleum contamination on site. Environmentalists also advise on measures to be taken to prevent damage to wildlife before work begins.

The remediation of fossil fuel sites is likely to become more frequent in the coming years as the sector is phased out to address and mitigate the climate emergency.

The Scottish Marine Technology Park is due to be built at Old Kilpatrick, with a recent economic impact study suggesting it will create nearly 1,000 new jobs for the unemployment black spot. The park will become a center of excellence for marine engineering and complex marine manufacturing. A number of companies have already expressed their interest in becoming tenants of the site.

A center of excellence for the maritime industry, it will include a large manufacturing plant, a deep-water jetty with an 1,100-ton ship’s winch – the largest of its kind in Europe – as well as a range of equipment. modern on-site. .

Malin Group already has a number of industrial partners who are strongly considering relocating to the park and the plan is that it will become a center of excellence for the industry. SMTP is expected to be operational by 2024.

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