A blueprint to build a £300 million cruise liner port just 10 miles from central Edinburgh has been released by the project developers. The location chosen is at Cockenzie, on the Firth of Forth, and on the site of a redundant coal-fired electricity power-station.
If the plan gets the green light, the port will be a convenient stopover for cruise-ship passengers and give than easy access to Edinburgh tourism delights such as its landmark castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. The draughts of most cruise-ships are too deep to allow them to travel farther up the Firth of Forth than Cockenzie.
The developers praised Cockenzie’s exceptional position on the coast of Scotland and its close proximity to the North Sea. A spokesperson for the team said the seaside town was ideally located to offer a stopover on cruises to and from the Baltic Sea and Scandinavia.
The spokesperson added that a dedicated passenger terminal at Cockenzie could be the docking point for up to 200 cruise liners annually. This number of cruise ships could bring in up to 500,000 extra visitors a year.
The blueprint for the Cockenzie port shows it would occupy a 120-acre site and also combine a shopping and business park. The plan does not indicate what will happen to the old power station’s twin chimneys which have been a local landmark since they were built in the 1960s.
The estimated time-scale for the development is up to 15 years. Scottish Power owns the power-station site and had originally planned to erect a new gas-fired facility. The energy company says it does not currently have the funds to build this new station.