Months of planning
Stuart Cresswell, who has been Associated British Ports (ABP) port manager of Ayr, Troon and Silloth for over 13 years and is chairman of the British Ports Association, Scottish Ports Group, was praised for his efforts. Said Mike Deegan, head of fleet operations, Noble Caledonia: ‘The call took months of detailed planning involving port management, led by Stuart Cresswell.
‘He and his team could not have been more helpful in planning the call and everything was made easy for us. Every single member of the Troon team that I met were professional, friendly, welcoming and came to work with a real “can do” attitude.’
ABP’s regional director Andrew Harston commented: ‘We are delighted to welcome the arrival of luxury cruise vessels to our Port of Troon, gladly supporting the cruise companies that offer this unique way to enjoy the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.’
Next year, the port will receive Hebridean Island Cruises’ Hebridean Princess; the vessel has used the facility at Troon two to three times per year for the last four years.