Plans to restore a harbour in southern Scotland could help the region's growing timber industry.
The Kirkmabreck Quarry Pier off the A75 in Dumfries and Galloway was mothballed ten years ago after being used for processing and transport of quarry materials.
The outcome of a feasibility study into the restoration of the pier for the transportation of timber, is to be put before local councillors.
The study shows it is capable of taking vessels up to 2000 tonnes with a single ship able to carry the timber lorry equivalent to 60-80 lorry loads.
Surveys have indicated that the quay wall needs urgent repair but the main tasks would involve berth deepening work and a total cost of bringing it back into use has been put at £250,000.
James England, the South of Scotland Timber Transport officer, said it would allow timber to be shipped in from Argyll and West Scotland instead of by road haulage as currently happens.
He added that this would reduce the environmental impact, reduce the impact on the road system and substantially reduce the number of timber road miles travelled.
He also said on that a paper manufacturer based in England had expressed demands for more pulping wood from the region and this could be transported in a cost effective way by ship from Kirkmabreck to Workington.
He also said that another potential commercial interest was for shipping pulp wood and round timber to other areas such as North Wales.
Mr England said that currently forestry and wood processing industries in the South of Scotland maintain more than 3,000 jobs.