3rd May 1993

John Scott and his wife Linda Scott commenced trading as sole trader – John Scott T/A JST Services.

Two vehicles operating an overnight trunking service Ayrshire Scotland to Heathrow Airport.

Customer Scottish Express International.


John Scott purchased four vehicles from his father’s business and commenced timber haulage operations.


Expansion in both Timber haulage and SEI trunk service.

Haulage fleet increased in size to 12 vehicles.

New timber production facilities come onstream in Ayrshire with investments from Egger and UPM


Addition of 3 long reach timber loaders for loading & discharging ships.

Start of grant funded TimberLink service (Government backed initiative to reduce number of timber lorries on road), forges a working relationship with ABP ports


First ‘In forest’ low ground pressure vehicle built and put into service.


Neil Wallace joined the company in the Transport office.


Commissioning of first Liebherr / Doll mobile port handling machine.

Start of ongoing relationship with Liebherr and crane procurement programme.

Acquisition of Adam Wilson & Sons timber haulage business and contracts.


04/10/2004 Tom Ferguson Joined as accountant. Acquired AW Woods haulage business.

5 vehicles added to fleet.


Shipping Division commenced with a full time charter on the MV Red Duchess.

Timber shipping service launched running west coast Scotland to Ireland.


JST (Floating Piers) Ltd Incorporated.

Assembly of first of two mobile floating piers and put to work in 2 remote sites in Highlands and Islands.


Floating pier site developed on Mull at Pennyghael


Timber shipped from Coast Ports to Genk in Belgium.

Workflow ended as currencies fluctuated


01/03/2017 Neil Stoddart introduced as General manager.

Floating pier operational at flagship Ardcastle site.

Ongoing expansion of Haulage division.


Port Handling division both expanding and diversifing into fixed Port assets, as well as mobile solutions

Haulage division growing in line with increased demand for Scottish timber.

Irish Sea shipping and integrated with floating pier operations remain productive.

Special projects delivered, with barging and quarry applications becoming operational.


Richard Jennings buys into the business as Managing Director, alongside Shard Credit Partners. “The company is well funded, successful and has access to capital so is well positioned for future growth.”


JST acquires the management of Fishnish Pier on the Island of Mull together with a small timber and general haulage fleet from TSL Contractors Ltd.


JST is honoured to receive a King’s Award for Enterprise.  JST is one of 252 organisations in the UK who received a prestigious King’s Award in the year, and only one of 59 companies to be recognised for Innovation.  The King’s Award highlights JST’s innovative work in developing Floating Piers and acknowledges the wider business and the collective effort of our entire team.