Scotland’s Capital Port

Forth Ports Leith is Scotland’s largest enclosed deep-water port with the capability of handling vessels up to 50,000 deadweight tonnes. Located to the north east of Edinburgh, less than 3 miles from the city centre, the port has access to Scotland’s road and rail networks and is well positioned for all North Sea shipping activities.

Focussing on a range of cargo types, Leith has forged long-term relationships with customers ensuring that their needs are met for the reception and onward delivery of cargoes such as grain, animal feed, steel pipes and recycled products, ensuring that industries such as food production, oil and gas, and agriculture continue to operate and thrive.

Port of Leith at a glance:

Capable of handling ships up to 50,000 DWT
2 dry dock facilities
Port can handle in excess of 1M tonnes of cargo
Home to the Royal Yacht Britannia
Scotland’s marquee cruise call
Demobilisation and mobilisation facilities

Scotland’s largest enclosed deep water port


 

Leith prides itself on excellent customer satisfaction. From vessel navigation, through our state-of-the-art lock entrance using our own river pilots and tug fleet, to vessel loading and unloading utilising our quayside cranes, hydraulic material handlers, or specialist equipment such as the Siwertel bulk cement discharger; Leith provides a range of services to handle all types of cargo. If you’re looking to move a heavier item, we have crane hire firms locally who can provide equipment for heavy lifts.

All cargo handling services are managed by our highly experienced team with our in-house workforce of stevedores, supported by our specialist marine, health and safety and engineering departments. Facilities, infrastructure and multimodal connections are key to the success of a port and Leith is proud to offer:

  • Global Connections
  • Excellent links to other local ports
  • Security which meets the ISPS standard (International Ship and Port facility Security code)
  • The largest dry dock facility on the East coast of Scotland
  • 20 working berths and extensive covered and open quayside storage
  • Anchorage availability both in the port and in the Forth estuary

Forth Ports Leith is a busy facility which has seen record throughput in recent years. We are always keen to discuss opportunities for commercial development using our land and warehousing facilities to assist our customers in providing efficiency and growth opportunities to their business. We believe in building long-term partnerships with our customers, supporting the local and national economies whilst strengthening our close links to our neighbouring communities.

Forth Ports Leith Services

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Utilising the Ro-Ro berth, dedicated car ferries can be unloaded with a short run to storage areas for collection by road going transporter. The port frequently handles the import of cars for mainstream manufacturers with a robust inspection and care regime to ensure damage is not a concern for our customers.
Storage area directly adjacent to a quayside means bringing in large components for renewables projects is straight forward in Leith. A number of wind farm projects have transited the port with the components being brought ashore for storage before heading on to their construction site. Large lay down areas and heavy lift capacity contribute to the success of Leith in handling renewables, project cargoes and decommissioning projects.
With a strong presence of construction customers already in the port, Leith is the natural choice for a construction hub. Customers already enjoy the central location of the port for onward distribution of their construction materials throughout the central belt of Scotland. We want to expand the Leith construction hub to offer efficient solutions and savings in logistics to the industry.
Scotland’s capital city offers an unrivalled cruise package with cruise ships able to berth in the Port of Leith giving passengers direct access to the heart of the city and the surrounding area. Having played host to “The World” cruise ship, the Leith team are experienced at handling high class cruise liners offering all the services expected of a cruise terminal.
Leith is part of Forth & Tay Decom – offering you capability, capacity and location; 3 ports; 2 estuaries; 1 fully integrated solution for piece large, topside and heavy lift decommissioning. Leith has significant subsea pipeline and cabling expertise which can be applied to the decommissioning market. Leith is also active in the decommissioning market through the presence of a ship recycling tenant within the port located at the Imperial Dry Dock.
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.
Leith has decades of experience when it comes to handling bulk commodities, both agri and dry bulk are handled on a daily basis and form part of the ports core business streams. Large volumes of agricultural products flow through Leith each year including the import of wheat direct to the adjacent mill site cutting down the number of times product has to be handled. Bulk for brewing, distillation and farming all come through the port on a regular basis. The port also handles construction materials in bulk, high quality Scottish aggregate is exported whilst other materials are imported for the Scottish construction market.
Forth Ports Leith is Scotland’s largest enclosed deep water port with the capability of handling vessels up to 50,000DWT. Maximum ship size normally accepted is 210m x 30m; vessels outwith these will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Harbour Master for further information.
Leith is a strategic port of call for many North Sea oil and gas vessel operators having serviced a high number of mobilisation calls as well as bringing vessels in for short and long term layup. Servicing the oil and gas industry is second nature to Leith with long term relationships in place with customers. A locked port offers shelter through stormy weather at sea, always a good opportunity to carry out a crew change or replenish stocks on board.
Paper and forest products are not currently handled through Forth Ports Leith, but we are always willing to develop new solutions for potential customers. Leith is well located to support the growth in house-building in Edinburgh and the central belt.
Forth Ports Leith occupies an extensive landbank in Edinburgh, less than 3 miles from the city centre. With over 45 acres of developable land, deepwater berths and a live rail connection to the East Coast Main Line and south to Carstairs, Leith is the prime location to import and distribute into the heart of the city. From last-mile retail logistics to construction products, Leith can satisfy a wide range of industries and requirements.
Leith’s location in the centre of Edinburgh makes it ideal for handling waste and recycled products from the city. We exported over 16,000 tonnes of recycled glass cullet from the City of Edinburgh last year. Whilst Leith does not currently handle waste products such as RDF there is considerable potential for it to do so. With the correct permitting requirements put in place Leith has the potential to become a well-placed facility for the handling of waste products, with extensive areas of land available that could be used for processing facilities.
Storage area directly adjacent to a quayside means bringing in large components for renewables projects is straight forward in Leith. A number of wind farm projects have transited the port with the components being brought ashore for storage before heading on to their construction site. Large lay down areas and heavy lift capacity contribute to the success of Leith in handling renewables, project cargoes and decommissioning projects.
Forth Ports Leith has excellent facilities to handle a range of ro-ro vessels on a number of non tidal berths. It is ideally located to deliver new vehicles and rolling cargoes direct into Scotland’s capital city with onward road and rail connections.
Core to the port of Leith’s business, warehousing is a key element to our customers and warehousing solutions are something which we always endeavour to meet our customers’ requirements. Additional warehousing features strongly in the development plan for the port with investment at the ready for customers.

Key Contacts

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

+44 (0)1382 878141

Ryan.Porteous@forthports.co.uk

Robert Mason
Senior Commercial Manager 

Head Office
1 Prince of Wales Dock
Port of Leith
Edinburgh

+44 (0)131 555 8790

robert.mason@forthports.co.uk

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

+44 (0)1382 878130

david.webster@forthports.co.uk

Kenny Williamson
Deputy Port Manager – Leith
Imperial House
Albert Dock
Leith
EH6 7DN

+44 (0)131 555 8725

kenny.williamson@forthports.co.uk

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