Orkney Harbour Authority

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Orkney Harbours - At Work

For an Islands Group with a population of no more than 23,000 people, the Harbour Authority certainly punches above its weight.

Orkney is the Cruise Capital of the UK, the preferred location in Europe for ship to ship transfers at anchor, home to the Flotta Oil Terminal which has a throughput equivalent to the of 10% of the UK’s total oil throughput, has Europe’s largest natural harbour, Scapa Flow at 125 square miles, and Hatston Pier, Scotland’s longest deep-water commercial berth.

This short video gives a snapshot of the incredible work carried out by dedicated sea staff and management within the Harbour Authority where pride, professionalism and protection of the environment are the key drivers for its continuing success.

Orkney Harbour Location

Orkney’s geographical location at 59 degrees north and on the main shipping routes from the Baltic region, the North sea, Trans-Atlantic commercial shipping routes and the north Atlantic periphery neighbours is a unique attraction for both oil and gas and marine tourism activity. The wide range of commercial and leisure ports within the 29 piers and harbours of the ports estate and Europe’s largest natural harbour Scapa Flow at 125 square miles, provides a diverse range of berthing and anchorage options.

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Hatston Pier

Hatston pier just outside Orkney’s capital Kirkwall, is Scotland’s longest deep-water commercial berth, and attracts oil and gas support vessels, some of the world’s largest cruise shipping, freight and passenger ferry services and a sheltered berthing facility with extensive quay space for short term operational and maintenance activity for the marine renewable industry.

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Scotland’s longest deep-water commercial berth
Oil and gas support vessels
The world’s largest cruise shipping
Freight and passenger ferry services
Sheltered berthing facility with extensive quay space

Vessel Traffic Services

Vessel Traffic Services are provided 24 hours a day from the Harbour Authority’s HQ at Scapa, and five Class 1 pilots are on a continuous roster to safely berth and anchor the considerable number of large crude oil, LPG and LNG tankers that conduct Ship to Ship operations in Scapa Flow. A ground-breaking ballast water management policy is in force in Scapa Flow to provide every protection to the sensitive eco systems in pristine Orkney waters.

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Cruise Ships In Orkney 2019

  • Since 1980
  • Flotta Terminal Tanker
  • 2015 15 2016 49

STS Scapa Flow

Europe's Largest Natural Harbour

Scapa Flow is one of the world’s largest natural harbours offering sheltered, swell and tidal free deep water anchorages, encompassing an area of just under 125 square miles.

It is northern Europe’s preferred location for Ship to Ship transfer operations of crude oil, gas and other products, long term storage and lay up of tankers and accommodation rigs.


Latest News

15 Mar 2019

Change of date: Astoria

Due to an itinerary change, the Astoria will now call one day later on the 21 March as opposed to the 20 March, arriving 07:00 and departing 13:00 READ
06 Mar 2019

Vacancy - Pier Operations Coordinator

Marine Services are looking to recruit a well-motivated person with proven management and leadership skills to assume the role of Pier Operations Coordinator. READ

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