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Hatston terminal is Orkneys largest commercial pier, is Scotland’s longest deep-water commercial berth and is located just outside Kirkwall. The original pier was built in 2002 and the 160 metre extension was completed in 2013. The longest berth is 385 metres and offering 10.5 metre draft. In total there is 884 metres of quay side available for multi-purpose use.

The berths are used primarily for the arrival of passenger and freight vessels, cruise ships, North Sea supply vessels and vessels supporting the marine renewables industry.

There is off quay laydown and storage facilities at the top of Hatston Pier, a secure compound and a 500 tonne fresh water facility delivering fresh water at approximately 50 tonnes per hour.

Bunkering of marine gas oil by vessel is also available at Hatston by prior arrangement with the harbour authority.

For further information on Hatston Pier please email or call +44 (0)1856 873636.( 24 hours).


Kirkwall Pier located right in the heart of Orkneys capital is the main hub for the interisland ferry routes, fishing and dive vessels, home of Orkneys largest Marina and the second commercial hub for Orkney. The pier infrastructure offers over 970 metres of quay edge including the ‘basin‘ area with up to 6 metre drafts.

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Stromness Pier is located right in the heart of Historic Stromness. It is the base for the daily Serco Northlink Ferry to Scrabster, the MV Graemsay ferry to Hoy and Graemsay, the base for the local lifeboat for numerous fishing vessels and dive boats, and is fast becoming a popular location for smaller explorer style cruise liners.

Within Stromness pier there are numerous berthing options the longest berth being 148 metres with 5.5 metre drafts.

Coplands Dock

Copland’s Dock is a newly constructed pier on the east side of Stromness and was officially opened by the First Minister of Scotland in June 2014.

The longest berth is the west facing berth with a length of 100 metres and 5.5 metres draft. In total there are 372 metres of quay available.

To the top of the pier is a large car parking area and potential storage laydown areas.

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Lyness Hoy

In 2010, Lyness was the subject of considerable refurbishment with over £3million being invested in new quay edge, laydown areas, fendering and services.

The main berths of the deeper water Lyness Wharf and to the north the Golden Wharf have been the hub of considerable marine renewable energy activity in recent years, but the berths are also suitable for oil & gas activity

Adjacent to Scapa Flow and with over 300,000 sq. metres of brownfield site available for industry, Lyness is perfectly suited to further development for oil and gas and decommissioning activity.

There is current in train, a proposed decommissioning project for Lyness to attract small to medium sized decommissioning projects from the North Sea. An artists impression of the future of Lyness for decommissioning is below.

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