Harbour posts £40k profit despite fall in tonnage

Berwick Harbour Commission has admitted failure in its hopes of attracting a renewable energy business to the port.

Thursday, 3rd May 2018, 08:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd May 2018, 11:40 am
Tweed Dock

It had been in advanced discussions with Unique Renewables, which was proposing to build a biomass plant on the quayside to make briquettes for the household energy market.

It could have created six new jobs at the harbour.

“Despite our best efforts this venture has come to nought,” said harbour chairman Andy Richardson.

Commissioners reported a £40,897 profit for the year, mainly due to a revaluation to the harbour’s rateable value.

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There has been an 18 per cent fall in tonnage, mainly due to the reduction in throughput of oil seed rape of 16,693 tonnes. This was mitigated to a certain degree by the increase in fertiliser imports of 38 per cent.

The port was successful in re-kindling the timber trade for the first time in many years, and there has been interest in the gravel business.