Restoring direct ferry service from Rosyth is “more needed than ever” as talks accelerate.
Dunfermline and West Fife MP Douglas Chapman has campaigned for several years to restore passenger and freight ferry service to Europe from the port.
He recently met the main parties involved in the proposals and this week hosted a delegation from the port of Zeebrugge.
“There is huge and growing interest in re-establishing the ferry link between Rosyth and Europe,” the SNP MP said.
“I have been campaigning for a long time for a freight and passenger service to be operational again and, in recent months, the pace of developments has accelerated.
“Recently I have had discussions with key stakeholders including the Secretary of State for Scotland, our Scottish Government and representatives from Forth Ports and the Port of Zeebrugge. This week alone I hosted a delegation from Zeebrugge and discussions are also at a crucial stage with potential investors and operators.
“Scottish businessman and former CEO of Norfolk Line, Derek Sloan, has developed a strong business case for a sustainable ferry service and has engaged many industry stakeholders.
“While there are significant challenges that need to be resolved before further progress can be made, confidential discussions continue among the key players, and I feel that each side is approaching these talks positively.
“The reestablishment of a direct ferry service from Rosyth is needed more than ever as we try to get more truck miles off the road and move to a net zero economy, and to help us deal with the area disaster for exports and supply chain resilience. following Brexit. Tourism could also be a big winner as it picks up the pieces of the post-COVID industry.
“I am working hard to ensure that all obstacles are overcome and that Scotland’s European ferry link is re-established as soon as possible.
“With a good wind, we can do it.”
The Rosyth ferry had been operated since 2002, initially by Superfast Ferries, then Norfolkline, but stopped carrying passengers in 2010 when it became freight only.
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Neale Hanvey calls on the Greens to honor the party’s campaign pledge to restore direct ferry service.
Lorna Slater, co-leader of the Greens, previously said: “The journey back from Scotland to Europe begins with this election, and the Scottish Greens want to see new ties made from places like Rosyth, who has the advantage of already having infrastructure in place.
Mr Hanvey and his Alba colleague Kenny MacAskill both urged the Greens to “realize” the link is in place and launched a discussion paper on maritime opportunities for Scotland.
MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath said there had “never been a better time” for Scotland “to develop its own direct ferry links to mainland Europe starting with the reopening of Rosyth ferry port which provided the only direct ferry link from Scotland to Zeebrugge before it closed in 2010 “and added that” the port infrastructure already exists and even the signage still exists on the road network for this “.
“What is needed is an international joint venture with the port of Amsterdam and / or the port of Zeebrugge. The optimal delivery would be two services, benefiting both passengers and businesses.
“You could have two ferries carrying both passenger and freight to Amsterdam and one or two roll-on and roll-off freight ferries to Zeebrugge. All of this is possible through a simple bidding process. ”