Visiting Stromness, Hoy and Kirkwall this week is the M/S Stockholm. The vessel is a classic vessel built in 1953 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration...
Orkney Islands Council’s Marine Services team assisted with not one, but two STS transfers this weekend in Scapa Flow. The Alsace and the Sifa came together...
After sailing through what could easily described as turbulent waters over recent years, those at the head of OIC Marine Services now believe that the...
Orkney has welcomed its first cruise ship of the season today (Wednesday March 18).The Marco Polo called into Kirkwall on its way from Tilbury in Essex...
Orkney Islands Council Marine Services
An ambitious three port strategy to refurbish and build new pier and supporting infrastructure with the support of the European regional Development Fund and the Scottish Government is now complete and open for business.
Lyness in Hoy, Hatston Pier outside Kirkwall and Copland’s Dock in Stromness were the 3 main components of the three port strategy along with Vessel Traffic Services software upgrades and 2 new radar sites and supporting land acquisition.
The strategy was based on the demands for additional infrastructure support for the marine renewables industry, but it is clear that the more traditional industries of oil and gas, cruise ships, and freight and supply vessels also appreciate the new infrastructure developments.
As a result of the three port strategy, Hatston Pier at 385 meters with 10.5 meter drafts is now Scotland’s longest deep-water commercial berth.
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.
Scapa Flow, the World’s second largest natural Harbour at 120 square miles and containing almost 1 billion cubic meters of water, is the perfect location for vessels requiring sheltered, deep water anchorage for STS transfers, longer term layup facilities on designated anchorages.