Orkney Islands Council Marine Services is deeply saddened by the tragic death of its former Director
Orkney Islands Council Marine Services is deeply saddened at the very sad news that its greatly respected and former Director of Marine Services and Harbour Master,...
Orkney is gearing up for another record breaking cruise ship season – with the first of the 2014 vessels due to arrive in Kirkwall in...
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Development and InfrastructureMarine Services - Harbour Authority Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Marine Officer/VTS Operator in Orkney. Please refer to vacancy section of the website.Click Here...
Orkney Islands Council Marine Services
Cruise Liners orkney
Port Charges 2013
Enterprise Area Lyness
Enterprise Area Hatston
Ballast Water Management Policy Report
Three Port Strategy
Safety Management System Manual Revision 5.0
Orkney Port Award
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.