Forth Ports is hoping a new appointment will help Dundee capitalise on its credentials as a hub for North Sea decommissioning work.
The group is currently spending £10 million on upgrading Prince Charles Wharf at Dundee Port to allow it to handle large plant and heavy offshore equipment required to work within the traditional energy, decom and renewables sectors.
The company has now moved to appoint former ATR Group, ACE Winches and JD Neuhaus executive Gavin Booth to develop its oil and gas support activities and the emerging decom market.
The position has been created on the back of the Dundee investment, although Mr Booth will be based in Aberdeen and will also work on projects at the ports of Rosyth and Leith.
Stuart Wallace, divisional director of Forth Ports, said: “We are a busy, dynamic business and Gavin will play a key part in delivering our business strategy going forward in this important sector.”
Mr Booth said he was looking forward to the challenge. He said: “I have worked in the sector for many years and I am confident that there are a number of opportunities particularly in the decommissioning market for the ports.”