The new Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Loch Seaforth is visiting Orkney as part of a crew familiarisation exercise.She was launched on 21 March 2014 and was delivered...
The operator for the Cruise Ship Meet and Greet service for the 2015 season has been appointed. Sam Berston of the Orkney Tourism Group has been...
For the first time, the number of cruise ships calling in to Orkney has exceeded the 80 port call threshold. The 2015 cruise ship list currently...
Orkney Islands Council Marine Services
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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.
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.