Rapid growth for mar­itime in­dus­tries

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Exclusive -

THE glory days of ship­build­ing on the Clyde are far from what they once were, but the mar­itime sec­tor in Scot­land is boom­ing again.

The Scot­tish Mar­itime Clus­ter was for­mally launched this week and a re­port re­leased on Fri­day re­vealed mas­sive growth over the last five years.

The re­port found that the Scot­tish mar­itime in­dus­tries have ex­pe­ri­enced rapid growth in turnover, em­ploy­ment and pro­duc­tiv­ity de­spite plung­ing oil prices. The in­dus­try turnover grew by 21% – to­talling an an­nual £17.5bn – and there are now 130,000 mar­itime work­ers, up 3.6% in the same five-year pe­riod.

Pa­trick Carnie, strat­egy di­rec­tor at Bab­cock In­ter­na­tional, said the Scot­tish sec­tor is likely to con­tinue to grow.

He said: “No one in Scot­land lives more than 45 miles from the sea, so our rich mar­itime his­tory and thriv­ing mar­itime sec­tor should come as no sur­prise.”

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