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BUSY WEEK FOR MARITIME TOURISM This week we will receive 4 cruise liners and 2 calls from the Norwegian training vessel Statsraad Lehmkuhl. On Monday the...
The biggest liner to use Scotland’s longest commercial deep-water berth tied up today in Orkney. The Caribbean Princess arrived alongside the newly extended Hatston Pier with...
Hatston Pier - new access arrangements to ensure public safety New safety and security measures are now in place following the opening of the extension to...
Adventure Cruises 2013 in a Tall Ship Wylde Swan.Please click on the image below for full details
Some images of the work at Coplands Dock in Stromness. Images supplied by Colin Keldie of K4 Graphics...
An updated environmental assessment of a possible change to Orkney Islands Council’s ballast water management policy will be the subject of public consultations this week...
Work continues at a good pace for the construction of Copland’s Dock, the new 100 metre pier in Stromness. The £9.5 million project on the Garson...
Figures released from the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) show that 2012 was a record year for UK cruise ports.Passenger embarkations increased 10 percent (up to 962,000...
Orkney Marine Services
When Marine Services launched its Annual Report and Business Development Strategy for 2011-13 , there was a very poignant statement on the document's front cover which read, "There is a tide in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads to fortune, we must take the current when it serves or loose our ventures." Nothing is more appropriate and relevant today than those words, written over 400 years ago, to the activities and strategies that encompass Orkney Islands Council Marine Services today.
The tides and currents that surround Orkney are now the global focus for marine renewable energy. Harnessing this magnificent natural resource as a sunrise industry in these tough economic times is both a challenge that technology developers and stakeholders embrace, and an opportunity for us to redevelop and extend our piers and harbours infrastructure to support this potentially massive industry.
We are diverse in the types of piers and harbours that we own and manage; from small slipways that provide refuge for family pleasure craft to piers that provide safe and deep water berthing for some of the worlds largest cruise ships.
In all, Marine Services has 31 piers and harbours and 3 marinas (www.orkneymarinas.co.uk) under its jurisdiction, hosting ferries and fishing vessels, tankers and tugs, cruise liners and creel boats, destroyers and dive boats. As with any island community, its harbours play a vital role in the daily lives of its people. Because of its long seafaring tradition, Orkneys piers have become the hub of island activity; towns and villages grew up around them, hotels and restaurants overlook them and the majority of the 180,000 tourists who visit annually arrive upon them.
With support from the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Government, our 3 port development strategy encompassing Lyness in Hoy, Hatston outside Kirkwall and Coplandís Dock in Stromness is now underway. With the inclusion of the upgrading and the addition of new Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) radar sites and software upgrades in the marine traffic information centre in Scapa, over £20 million is being invested to meet new demands on our port infrastructure and services.
It is not just marine renewables that will benefit from this investment; all shipping in Orkney waters will be able to take advantage from these new facilities which will auger well for the development and sustainability for Marine Services.