April 21st 2017

Scapa Flow is currently a hive of marine activity with 3 accommodation rigs, and anchor handler and 3 crude oil tankers all conducting oil and gas business in Europe’s largest natural harbour. Today ( 21 April) the accommodation rig Regalia left Scapa Flow for Norway and she will be replaced by the Prosafe accommodation rig Safe Boreas next week. In addition, 3 tankers are preparing to conduct a ship to ship transfer of crude oil over the weekend and this will be the 25th STS operation since the granting of the Oil Transfer Licence by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in 2015. Such operations have involved 69 crude oil/LPG and LNG tankers in the Flow.

A further 2 STS operations are expected during May 2017.

‘’The economic benefit to the local supply chain from Prosafe rig activity has generated many hundreds of thousands of pounds for the local supply chain’’ says Michael Morrison, Business Development Manager with the Councils Marine Services. The diversity of the supply chain in servicing these rigs goes far and beyond vessel support and we are particularly pleased that the harbour Authority has been able to play a major part in supporting local businesses in challenging economic conditions.