Scottish marina increases capacity after loan from HSBC UK

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A MARINA near Edinburgh is expanding to increase its number of berths and accommodate larger yachts as demand for boat owners skyrockets.

After receiving a six-figure loan from HSBC UK, Port Edgar Marina in South Queensferry, formerly a naval base, will dredge a disused part of the marina and relocate the old pier.

The demand for moorings has increased “considerably” since the start of the pandemic and an increased capacity will allow it to offer 50 additional berths – against 320 – and to accommodate yachts over 100 feet, against 50 feet current maximum length.

Russell Aitken, Managing Director of Port Edgar Holdings, said: “The number of boats has exploded over the past year and a half, and we are currently operating at full capacity. Not only will this funding from HSBC UK help us grow our business by providing more berths for customers, it will also open up the possibility for us to moor much larger yachts crossing the Firth of Forth. ”

Mr Aitken and his wife Cara took over management of the marina from Edinburgh Leisure after winning a tender in 2014. Since then they have been working to transform it into a tourist destination.

Natalie Marshall, Director of Relations at HSBC UK, said: “Port Edgar Holdings has made great strides in making the marina a true destination. With a fantastic view of the three decks, restaurants and sailing schools, the marina is now a popular destination for the local community and tourists.

Situated between the Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing, Port Edgar Marina is less than 30 minutes from Edinburgh city center. The marina, which is home to a sailing club and a wide range of water activities, has seen a growth in attendance in recent years following continued investment in its surrounding buildings, as well as the opening of the restaurant. licensee of 200 seats. Scott’s.


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