Scotland faces a “significant risk” that its port capacity will not be sufficient to support the large offshore wind build-out planned off its coasts, warned a new study.

With the devolved UK nation already underway with its landmark ScotWind leasing round for future development acreage, a study by consultants Arup for seabed landlord the Crown Estate Scotland says it may need its port owners to take investment decisions sooner and at a greater risk than “has historically been the norm” under a “strategic decarbonisation case” to keep up with rapid offshore wind expansion and help drive down costs in the sector.