Innovating for Scotland’s Growth

Forth Ports Dundee is the most northerly port within Forth Ports; it is one of the largest economic generators in the City of Dundee and the Tayside region of eastern Scotland.

Dundee is undergoing a major investment programme in its waterfront area, including the newly opened V&A Museum of Design, which is having a significant economic impact on the city and contributing to Dundee’s development as a business and tourism centre.

Forth Ports Dundee is strategically located on the east coast of Scotland, between Aberdeen and the central belt. The port lies on the north side of the sheltered River Tay estuary and is adjacent to the ring road which circles the outskirts of Dundee, providing fast and efficient road links in and out of the city.

Port of Dundee at a glance:

150,000 tonnes of agripods flat storage
1,600m of quayside
6 working berths
100,000m³ liquid storage
Decommissioning facility
Off-shore wind capability
In port Grain drying facility
Jack-up capabilities

A significant economic driver for Dundee


Dundee is ideally placed to serve the North Sea Oil and Gas industry. With its deep-water berths and extensive landside project areas the port regularly accommodates significant fabrication and refit projects destined for North Sea and Norwegian sector operations.

The port has extensive land reserves available for development. Short-term and long-term undercover and open storage facilities are available for a variety of different types of commodities and products. Ready to receive vessels twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, providing a flexible service to customers.

Forth Ports Dundee has undergone dramatic transformation in recent times, including the addition of a permanently based 1500t quayside crane (860t @ 24m). However, the most significant transformation has been through an investment of £10 million pounds to create a new quayside, positioning Dundee as a strong option for the decommissioning and offshore wind farm industry. This has provided 300m of new quayside with the capacity of 80tonne/m2 loading and a minimum water depth of 9m at LW (LAT).

Forth Ports is a founding partner of the recently launched Forth & Tay Decommissioning Alliance. Our Port of Dundee facility offers the ideal location, logistically and geographically, to establish the UK’s dedicated hub for end-to-end decommissioning. Forth Ports Dundee’s strategic location, ample dockside, and portcentric infrastructure make it the ideal domestic hub for decommissioning.

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Forth Ports Dundee Services

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Dundee has 60 acres of land situated close to the RoRo berth, this provides companies the opportunity to import cars and distribute from the port.
As well as being specialists in forest products, oil-related services and agriculture commodities, the Forth Ports Dundee can handle a full range of general cargoes. Load-out and imports requiring heavy-lifts are handled regularly including transformers and other large manufactured items. The ro-ro facility at Eastern Wharf can be used to move a wide variety of commodities using roll-on/roll-off vessels.
We actively support the construction market in Dundee, a city which has seen record levels of infrastructure growth in recent years. We recently invested in a new cement import terminal at the port for which underlines our approach to investing in supply chain solutions for our customers.
Every year Forth Ports Dundee welcomes cruise vessels to the port. Dundee can organise a welcome package where passengers are greeted by pipers, whisky tasting and shuttle buses are provided to welcome guests to the city when they disembark at the port. Dundee is also increasingly used as a turnaround port for cruise vessels and has UK BA approved baggage handling facilities to meet the needs of embarkation and disembarkation. In addition, the port has the facilities to handle a large number of naval vessels calling simultaneously. Cruise passengers and Naval personnel enjoy being so close to the city centre from the ship, with the walking time being only fifteen minutes, or five minutes by taxi.
Dundee’s strategy for decommissioning is to provide a collaborative solution for customers. Dundee is working with partners within the supply chain to ensure all service elements required for decommissioning will be available at the port, including obtaining a NORM licence for the port. This will provide a vast range of expertise within all elements of a decommissioning project.
Forth Ports Dundee has been a forest product specialist for over 35 years. The port consistently maintains low damage rates when customers benchmark the port with other UK and European ports. The port now hosts a significant timber terminal and operations within the area have been extended to include a full timber treatment and storage facility. Several major timber importers depend on the port’s excellent facilities.
Efficient discharge and loading to ships, coupled with extensive storage capacity makes the Forth Ports Dundee a key player in the handling of bulk commodities. Handling a wide and diverse range of products e.g. mineral salt, grains and cereals, fertilisers, iron ore and coal, the port has discharged and loaded vessels with cargoes up to 25,000 tonnes. The Port of Dundee is a major grain handling port on the east coast of Scotland and hosts the largest grain drying facility in the country. The port’s proximity to Scotland’s arable heartland combined with drying, storage and handling facilities adjacent to load out berths ensures that the port has a wide variety of grain exports and imports throughout the year. Over 150,000 tonnes of on-site storage is available in dedicated cereal sheds accredited to AIC and GAFTA regulations. With the focus on quality, the port provides extensive lab-testing facilities on site, a prerequisite for handling of all grain products, particularly malting barley exports. As well as malting barley, malted barley, feed barley, malt, oats, rapeseed and animal feeds are also handled at the port. The port has high capacity grain drying and handling equipment increasing the seasonal drying capacity by over 100%. This high volume and independent TASCC approved facility with access directly to deep water export quays is a key asset to Scotland’s grains and cereals sector.
Forth Ports Dundee has excellent facilities to accommodate a range of barge operations onsite, with access to a range of quays and a fleet of harbour mobile cranes to support any handling requirements.
Forth Estuary Towage is available to support waterborne freight and barge movements in and out of the estuaries and between our ports.
Dundee’s excellent road network makes it the ideal location for the import of liquid bulks for distribution throughout the northeast of Scotland. Liquid bulk products handled here include bitumen and fertiliser which are discharged by line direct to storage tanks.
Forth Ports Dundee can berth a wide variety of vessels simultaneously due to its various deep-water berths. Several berths are available with depths up to LAT -9.50 metres. All berths are adjacent to high quality transit sheds and can be serviced via harbour mobile or technical mobile cranes capable of lifting heavy non-divisible project loads. There are no air draft restrictions and beam tolerance is between 30 – 50 metres dependent upon berth requirements.
Forth Ports Dundee facilities are ideal for the construction of subsea and topside structures including concrete mattresses, inspection, maintenance and repair and upgrading of seismic, platform supply, diving support, extended well test, pipe laying, drilling vessels and floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO’s).  The port has extensive experience supporting all types of support Vessels who also utilise the port as a key mobilisation/demobilisation facility, taking advantage of its proximity to national and international airports and trunk routes. The port provides inspection, repair and maintenance of jackup rigs and support vessels for the North Sea oil and gas industry. Two jackup rigs can be accommodated at Prince Charles Wharf simultaneously, with additional alongside berths to the west of the port at Eastern Wharf. In addition to this there are anchorages in the river and estuary for a further three.
Forth Ports Dundee has had a long history of handling various paper products including graphical papers and pulp. With ro-ro and breakbulk handling capability, the port is well positioned to service this market again.
The Port of Dundee is located close the heart of the city and is also well connected with strong road connections. The port can be used as a base for companies looking to manufacture, store, distribute or consolidating products. If you would like to know more about the land or warehousing available at Dundee then please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.
We have a common-user RDF licensed export facility within the port which is currently used by a major waste-to-energy customer. Our stevedores are highly experienced in loading this cargo so they can ensure minimal damage during handling.
Forth Ports Dundee has been identified as one of Scotland’s top locations for renewable manufacturing by Scottish Enterprise under the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan and is within the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Renewables East Enterprise Area. The Port of Dundee has a range of facilities and proven expertise in the provision of operational services to the renewable energy markets. Extensive storage areas, warehousing and deep water berths alongside heavy lift quayside make Dundee a prime location for all types of renewable energy projects. Development land is also readily available and would be suitable for the construction of a manufacturing facility.
Forth Ports Dundee has the capabilities to provide RoRo berths and side loading vessels at the port. The port has extensive experience handling these vessels.
Forth Ports Dundee has over 80,000m2 of warehousing in the port, supporting companies who use the port as their marine hub. The port can store a variety of commodities such as dry bulk, liquid bulk and specialised agri bulk storage, including Scotlands only grain drying facility. The larger storage sheds provide undercover storage for Oil and Gas support companies to provide a variety of services such as fabricating, decommissioning and transit sheds.

Key Contacts

David Webster
Director of Energy
Port Office
Stannergate Road

+44 (0)1382 878130

Mark Gaffney
Deputy Port Manager – Dundee & Methil
Port Office
Stannergate Road

+44 (0)1382 878149

Ann Rooney
Business Development Manager (Oil & Gas)
Forth Ports Limited
Bluesky Westpoint
Prospect Road
Arnhall Business Park
AB32 6FJ

+44 (0)1224 766 943

Robert Mason
Senior Commercial Manager 

Port Office
Stannergate Road

+44 (0)1324 668400

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