Ferry operator Stena Line
will soon announce a new terminal development on the west coast of Scotland, according to reports.
The company is thought to be planning a move from its current Scotland base at Stranraer to a purpose-built port capable of handling more passenger and freight traffic.
Industry news provider TravelMole quoted a source close to the company as saying: "We have to have room for new ships that we are going to build over a 15 to 20-year period.
"It doesn't take a genius to work out that having built a big port on one side, we would need another on the other side."
The port that the spokesperson was referring to is Stena Line
's new £37 million Belfast terminal that was unveiled in May this year.
Up to seven daily return services are currently available on the company's route between Belfast and Stranraer, which carries some 1.2 million passengers a year. An official announcement on Stena Line
's plans could be made next week.
Scottish passengers can catch ferry crossings from a number of ports in the country, including Aberdeen, Troon and Cairnryan, to Lerwick, Larne, Kirkwall and other destinations.