He is also duty holder of the Clydeport Authority and the Ardrossan Port Authority, 480 square nautical miles of water. McSporran was previously Group Managing Director of Streamline Shipping Group based in Aberdeen and before that business development director with Peterson Offshore Group, running a diverse range of international assets across the Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa and India.
Clydeport was a company he already knew well: “I understood the challenges but also, from an outside perspective, the opportunities and I was able to gather early momentum.”
In the month of the inauguration of a new US President, he appropriately recalls his first 100 days at Clydeport. “Partly this was about making sure we had the right people and I found I was blessed with a really impressive team at all the sites.”
Clydeport also has a remit in Ireland where it operates the Dublin container terminal, Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL). Hunterston Port and Resource Campus – PARC – In North Ayrshire – is a 300-acre site that was historically used for the bulk import of coal, a market that ended with the closure of Scotland’s coal-fired power stations, the last at Longannet in 2016.
“That represented a very big part of turnover which has disappeared. We’ve been remediating and improving old infrastructure and are targeting the blue and green economies, looking to bring in sustainable aquaculture with some big, world-renowned companies on the site,” he explains . . . .
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