HIE's David Oxley, area manager for Moray, said: “We are obviously delighted that Buckie’s long history with shipbuilding is to continue. Following the sudden and unexpected blow when Buckie Shipyard was forced into administration, we have worked closely with our colleagues in the Moray Economic Partnership to support the town in an uncertain time, and today’s news is a positive step forward.
The top priorities have been to support staff who lost their jobs and to work with the administrators to identify opportunities for the future of the site. The news that respected North East firm Macduff Shipyards has bought one of the key facilities is to be welcomed. We will work with the firm to grow and drive their business and investment in Moray.
We also continue to work alongside Moray Council as it seeks to unlock the huge potential of the harbour site. We are supportive of its plans to find the best options for the future development of the main part of the shipyard, which it owns.”