Scottish Salmon Company wants to develop new £35 million processing and R & D facility at historic drydock

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Bakkafrost-owned salmon farmer looking at potential major site in Inchgreen.

Scotland’s Greenock’s Inchgreen drydock is set to be on the “brink of a major transformation” that’ll involve ship and yacht manufacturers moving to the site.

Greenock’s Inchgreen drydock. PHOTO: Greenock

According to a new report covered in Inverclyde Now, there is “stated and defined interest in a market-ready serviced Inchgreen site” from several firms including the Scottish Salmon Company.

The Faroese-owned salmon farmer wants to develop a GBP 35 million fish processing, research and development and training facility at the 32-acre site located on the Firth of Clyde.

Around GBP 10 million of public funding has been set aside from Glasgow City Deal to get Inchgreen ready.

According to Secret Scotland, Inchgreen Dry Dock was built between 1962-1964 by the Firth of Clyde Dry Dock Company. At the time, it was one of the largest dry docks in the world (and still is in the UK). It is 305m long by 45m wide.

The QE2 was fitted out there in the mid-1960s after its launch from the John Brown shipyard.

The site was unused for nearly two decades years, but more recently regeneration bosses and dock owners Peel have made plans to reel in business and turn Inchgreen Dry Dock into a modern, workable site.

Top port official Jim McSporran told the Greenock Telegraph back in January that work at the site has triggered a “tsunami of inquiries”.

Bakkafrsot did not respond to SalmonBusiness’ request for comment.