There are a number of companies transporting home grown logs by sea to processors in Scotland, Ireland and mainland Europe.
The Scottish Government’s Strategic Timber Transport Fund supports Timberlink, a coastal shipping service from the forests of Argyll across the Firth of Clyde. Associated British Ports have the public service contract to deliver Timberlink and they ship about 80,000 – 100,000 tonnes per year from Argyll ports (Sandbank, Campbeltown, Ardrisaig and Portavadie) to processors in Ayrshire via Troon Harbour.
The Great Glen Shipping Company and Boyds Brothers at Corpach both based at Corpach near Fort William shift timber around the west coast of Scotland from ports and floating piers.
Ferguson Transport & Shipping at Corpach has boats for coastal shipping and a mobile timber loader to load boats. Timber from Applecross is expected to be shipped from Ferguson’s yard at Kishorn.
JST Services and Boyd Brothers provide floating piers and handling services which have been used to take timber from Raasay, Glenelg, Mull Pennyghael, Kingairloch, Glen Etive, Jura, etc.
TSL Contractors Ltd and Forestry Commission Scotland have built a new pier on Mull to take timber off the island.
Timber goes out of Kyle of Lochlash, Montrose Harbour and from Scrabster on the north coast to processors in Ireland, mainland Europe and Scandinavia.
Roundwood is delivered by sea to Iggesund’s paper mill and biomass plant in Workington from Argyll and elsewhere.
Troon Tugs uses barges to take timber from Arran to Ayrshire and has a 750t landing craft taking timber from coastal forests on the west coast of Scotland to Troon in Ayrshire.
Scottish Government Freight Facilities Grants are available to support investment in infrastructure to shift freight from road to water. There is also limited term revenue support to support any additional cost of making the change.