A bid to create a freeport in the Cromarty Firth is being backed by accountants and business advisers Johnston Carmichael.
The Aberdeen-based firm has joined a number of companies and organisations supporting the campaign, led by the Opportunity Cromarty Firth (OCF) group.
Freeports are areas of the UK that are outside the country’s customs territory, meaning goods can be manufactured, imported and exported inside the zone without incurring tariffs.
The Scottish Government is considering setting up a number of the zones, which it refers to as “green ports”.
Johnston Carmichael has joined the OCF steering group, which includes representatives from organisations including the Port of Cromarty Firth, the Global Energy Group Inverness Harbour Trust, the University of the Highlands and Islands and Highland Council.
Mark Stewart, head of energy, infrastructure and sustainability at Johnston Carmichael, said: “Opportunity Cromarty Firth has already shown that it has the backing of the Highlands’ leading organisations and it is with great pride that we join this steering group to help make this ‘green port’ vision a reality.
“We believe that the Cromarty Firth is uniquely positioned to offer the perfect location to support and enable job creation and economic growth which could bring transformative change across not only the Highlands, but Scotland as a whole.”