The number of cruise ships visiting Orkney in 2015 is expected to exceed this year’s total of 79. The giant MSC Splendida, with over 4,300 passengers...
Developers Atlantis have signed a 25-year seabed lease for the MeyGen scheme, which will be built in the Pentland Firth between Orkney and the Scottish mainland.The...
The 2014 cruise ship season has all but come to an end after delivering 77 port calls, just over 62,000 passengers and almost 30,000 crew.’’ This...
With just 3 weeks of this season remaining, Kirkwall will once again be busy this weekend with 5 liners calling between Friday and Sunday. Street closures...
The cruise ship Discovery, owned by the All Leisure Group and Chartered by CMV cruises made its last call to Kirkwall yesterday (20 August) as she...
A Banffshire company is seeking to bring wartime oil tanks in Orkney back into action as a modern-day fuel distribution base.Orkney Islands Council has agreed to...
A copy of the Application for Oil Transfer Licence for Scapa Flow is now available in the Scapa Flow STS section of this website. click here to view
Four new demonstration wave and tidal zones and sites in Scottish waters are set to be developed by the Crown Estate to help further technology development.For...
Despite fears of overcrowding from mass maritime tourism, the arrival of 3 cruise liners into Kirkwall on the 5th July went like clockwork. Brilliant sunshine...
Orkney Islands Council Marine Services
The tides and currents that surround Orkney are the global focus for marine renewable energy development in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters. Harnessing this magnificent natural resource as a sunrise industry in these tough economic times is both a challenge those technology developers, stakeholders and the rapidly developing supply chain embrace, and presents an opportunity for Orkney Islands Council Marine Services to redevelop and construct piers and harbours infrastructure to support this potentially massive industry.
With support from Orkney Islands Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Government, the Council’s three port development strategy encompassing Lyness in Hoy, Hatston outside Kirkwall and Copland’s Dock in Stromness is now approaching completion with the final element of the new pier in Stromness due for completion in February 2014. With the inclusion of the upgrading and the addition of new Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) radar sites and software, plus strategic land acquisition to compliment the strategy, over £24 million has been invested by Orkney Islands Council and its funding partners to meet new demands on port infrastructure and services.
Hatston Pier at 385 metres is now the longest commercial deep-water berth in Scotland.
This deep-water berth is now attracting vessels operating in the North Sea and West of Shetland oil fields resulting in the Council exploring opportunities for enhanced bunkering facilities for the these vessels plus potential de-commissioning bases and alternative fuels for Orkney.
The range of shipping calling into Orkney is diverse; from ferries to freight vessels, cruise ships (around 80 annually), supply vessels, heavy lift and dynamic positioning vessels, dive boats and fishing vessels and over 550 visitors annually to the 3 marinas in Orkney.
As with any island community, Orkney’s 29 piers and harbours play a vital role in the daily lives of its people. Because of its long seafaring tradition, Orkney’s 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 220,000 tourists who visit annually arrive upon them.