Fife Ports

Forth Ports Burntisland, Kirkcaldy and Methil make up our Fife satellite ports, providing a variety of high-value services to their tenants and surrounding business communities. This includes the capability and capacity for handling dry bulk, decommissioning, oil & gas, agriculture, renewables, breakbulk, and paper & forest products.

Each offer their own unique strengths, and our Fife ports perfectly demonstrate the key benefit of working with the Forth Ports Group; delivering portcentric solutions that ensure greater efficiency, cost savings, and environmental protection.

Kirkcaldy is home to Carr’s Flour Mill and by investing and building their new state-of-the-art mill in 2013 they have experienced the benefits of a portcentric approach. Forth Ports Methil is a base for one of the largest timber companies who supply their customers in and around the Fife area.

Discover more about what each of our Fife Ports can bring to your business below, and get in touch for further details.

Fife Ports at a glance:

Methil offers 50 acres of development land
Methil is a strategic location for timber merchants
Kirkcaldy provides specialised cargo handling for Grain and Cereals
Burntisland provides important connections for tenants

Strong regional satellite ports


Forth Ports Burntisland

The Port of Burntisland is the Forth’s most natural harbour and one of its oldest. It is located on the northern side of the River Forth, where it is ideally located to provide nationwide transport and distribution by sea, rail, and road.

The port houses two major tenants including Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab), and Briggs Marine who use the port as a base to service ships coming in and out of the Forth.

Recent years has seen port traffic driven upwards through increased coastal shipping and opportunities within the offshore renewable energy sector.

Forth Ports Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy Harbour, positioned on the northern side of the Firth of Forth, is perfectly equipped to accommodate standard general cargo coaster vessels; regularly handling a wide variety of bulk goods, including high volumes of grains and cereals in particular.

In 2011, following a 20-year gap, the tidal harbour re-opened for commercial business and to serve the local flour mill, Hutchisons Mill – part of the Carr’s Milling Group – with the mill offering a high-capacity silo intake facility, positioned directly adjacent to the quayside.

Facing increasing demand for imported wheat, the mill is reaping the portcentric benefits of its quayside location, as well as the opening of a new state-of-the-art mill, built alongside its pre-existing facility.

With these assets and more, Kirkcaldy Harbour can easily handle grains and cereals, timber, aggregate, and many other bulk commodities for our customers.

Forth Ports Methil

Situated on the northern shore of the Firth of Forth, Methil is the most easterly of the Fife Ports. Operating as a national timber, aggregate, and general bulk commodity distribution centre, Methil offers ample timber storage as well as facilities to handle grains and cereals along with other bulk commodities.

The port also benefits from facilities accommodating the repair, maintenance, and supply of offshore drilling rigs and tankers. This is made possible taking advantage of the deep, sheltered water of Largo Bay and the specialist services in Methil and its locality.

In addition, with its strategic location, natural deep and sheltered waters, and a range of top-level facilities and services, Methil is a port that is ideally positioned to serve the emerging renewable energy sector as it continues to grow year on year.

Forth Ports Burntisland Services

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Burntisland is frequently used by our customers for the outload of project cargoes including renewables projects. Good access for cranage and lay down areas make for a good working area.
Towage is provided by Forth Estuary Towage (FET), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forth Ports. FET has a fleet of four vessels ranging from smaller, highly manoeuvrable Voith Schneider tugs, with Bollard Pulls from 19 to 50 tonnes to a modern state-of-the-art Azimuth Stern Drive Terminal tug at 70 tonnes Bollard Pull.
Bulk commodities can be handled for onward delivery at the port of Burntisland and mobile hydraulic machines can be mobilised to the port for vessel discharge. A storage tank is available for use for dry bulk powders.
A storage tank piped to the quayside is available for the storage of liquid bulks.
Burntisland is home to a dedicated timber manufacturing facility. With all the consumable material for manufacturing imported directly to our customer’s yard, an entire expensive leg of the supply chain is removed. Other timber customers regularly bring volume through Burntisland with storage available prior to onward delivery.
Forth Ports Burntisland is home to manufacturing and timber companies who use the port because of its strategic location and capabilities. If you would like to know more about the land or warehousing available at Forth Ports Burntisland then please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.
Burntisland is frequently used by our customers for the outload of project cargoes including renewables projects. Good access for cranage and lay down areas make for a good working area.
Forth Ports Burntisland has over 85 acres of land and is strategically located on the East Coast of Scotland. If you would like to know more about warehousing opportunities or bespoke building of warehousing please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

Forth Ports Kirkcaldy Services

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Towage is provided by Forth Estuary Towage (FET), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forth Ports. FET has a fleet of four vessels ranging from smaller, highly manoeuvrable Voith Schneider tugs, with Bollard Pulls from 19 to 50 tonnes to a modern state-of-the-art Azimuth Stern Drive Terminal tug at 70 tonnes Bollard Pull.
Kirkcaldy is home to the Hutchison’s Flour mill, part of the Carr’s Milling Group. We worked closely with the customer to reopen the harbour to allow direct shipments of bulk wheat into the mill thereby reducing road miles and emissions. There are regular coastal shipments of wheat between the Port of Tilbury and Kirkcaldy, and we are proud to offer this unique solution to our group customer.
Forth Ports Kirkcaldy has vast experience of working with customers’ needs to provide tailor made solutions.
Forth Ports Kirkcaldy has vast experience of working with customers’ needs to provide tailor made portcentric solutions.

Forth Ports Methil Services

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Forth Ports Methil has experience in handling breakbulk project. Our team’s experience and knowledge delivers a high level of service whilst ensuring the safety of everyone involved. Methil can provide extensive land for storing and manufacturing.
With deep water anchorages located close to the port, Forth Ports Methil can provide a variety of services to support the decommissioning industry. The port has experience in providing a marine base for transporting supplies and teams to and from rigs and supply vessels.
Towage is provided by Forth Estuary Towage (FET), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forth Ports. FET has a fleet of four vessels ranging from smaller, highly manoeuvrable Voith Schneider tugs, with Bollard Pulls from 19 to 50 tonnes to a modern state-of-the-art Azimuth Stern Drive Terminal tug at 70 tonnes Bollard Pull.
Forth Ports Methil has several deep water anchorages situated close to the port. Customers in the past have taken advantage of working with Forth Ports and combined our services to deliver an inclusive solution. Forth Ports Methil has extensive experience of providing this type of solution to rig owners looking to warm stack the rigs for a period of time but also those who require a base to supply the rig and a secure location to change personnel.
Forth Ports Methil provides quayside space for mobilisation and demobilisation of supply vessels to the Oil and Gas industry.
Forth Ports Methil is an important hub for a major timber importer who imports over 30,000 tonnes of timber per year. The port provides services, a stock management system and a pick and pack service for the onward deliveries to their customers.
Forth Ports Methil offers 50 acres of land available for development.
Forth Ports Methil’s sheltered location and strategic positioning provides renewable companies the opportunity to use the port as a marine base for the construction of the subsea components of the off-shore wind industry.
Methil can provide undercover warehousing within the port boundaries. The port also offers 50 acres of land that can be developed into bespoke warehousing or manufacturing facilities.

Key Contacts

David Webster
Senior Port Manager – Dundee, Leith,  Methil
Port Office
Stannergate Road
Dundee
DD1 3LU

+44 (0)1382 878130

david.webster@forthports.co.uk

Andy Lamb
Deputy Port Manager – Rosyth, Burntisland, Kirkcaldy & Mobile Pool
Rosyth Port Office
Terminal Building
Rosyth
Fife
KY11 2XP

+44 (0)1383 421812

andy.lamb@forthports.co.uk

Ashley Nicholson
Senior Harbour Master 

Grangemouth Port Office
Central Dock Road
Grangemouth
FK3 8UE

+44 (0)1324 668 400

ashley.nicholson@forthports.co.uk

Robert Mason
Senior Commercial Manager

Head Office
1 Prince of Wales Dock
Port of Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 7DR

+44 (0)131 555 8790

robert.mason@forthports.co.uk

Derek Knox
Senior Port Manager – Grangemouth, Rosyth, Burntisland & Kirkcaldy
Grangemouth Port Office
Central Dock Road
Grangemouth
FK3 8UE

+44 (0)1324 668 400

derek.knox@forthports.co.uk

Mark Gaffney
Deputy Port Manager – Dundee & Methil
Port Office
Stannergate Road
Dundee
DD1 3LU

+44 (0)1382 878149

mark.gaffney@forthports.co.uk

Ryan Porteous
Harbour Master – Dundee & Methil
Port Office
Stannergate Road
Dundee
DD1 3LU

+44 (0)1382 878141

ryan.porteous@forthports.co.uk

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