Scottish Ports provide hubs of regional and national economic activity as well as important clusters of coastal employment.
Latest figures show that ports in Scotland handle 71 million tonnes of cargo, 15% of the UK total.
Each year Scottish ports handle over 32 million tons of oil and gas products, 8 million passengers and 2.6 million vehicles.
Ports in Scotland employ 31,500 people, the equivalent to 2.1% of total employment in the country and the highest number of direct employees of any part of the UK.
They generate £1.9 billion gross value added direct contribution to Scottish GDP and this contributes nearly £630 million in taxes and has the highest GVA contribution to the economy.
The fishing industry in Scotland is also by far the largest in the UK. Landings at just three ports (Peterhead, Lerwick, and Fraserburgh) account for just over 50% of all landings by UK vessels.