Located in Fairlie, Largs on the Ayrshire coast, Hunterston bulk terminal deepwater port is the UK's foremost facility for coal imports and ideally located for the UK, Irish and European markets. Hunterston has one of the deepest sea entrance channels in northern Europe, which can accommodate the largest cape size vessels afloat. Discharging rates are the fastest in the UK, ensuring efficient and cost effective movement of materials. In addition to the existing bulk terminal, Clydeport, North Ayrshire Council and Scottish Enterprise also propose a £200m international deep-water container terminal at Hunterston which would effectively act as a worldwide gateway port, and possibly become the major container port for the northern half of the UK. Initial environmental and economic impact studies are currently being undertaken.