The range of ports and harbours within the Harbour Authority is both varied and diverse.

From the Oil Port of Scapa Flow, Europe’s largest natural harbour that hosts multiple ship to ship transfer operations of crude oil and LNG and vessels serving the Flotta Oil Terminal, to the harbours of Kirkwall and Stromness that receive on average over 140 cruise ships annually making Orkney the most popular cruise ship destination in the United Kingdom; to the remote island facilities of North and South Isles which receive almost daily lifeline services from the fleet of 9 Inter Island Ferries carrying over 300,000 passengers annually.

Orkney’s geographical location just 1 degree inside the new sulphur emission control area presents both challenges and opportunities and the Harbour Authority is assessing both ends of this spectrum with a pragmatic and positive view to developing future sustainable business.

Scottish mainland Ro-Ro ferry services via Serco Northlink Ferries operate on a daily basis to the ports of Aberdeen and Lerwick from Hatston and Scrabster from Stromness; freight service operated by Northlink and Streamline deliver almost daily from Aberdeen and Scrabster.

In addition to the larger vessels using the port facilities, there is a strong commercial inshore fishing fleet located throughout the islands as well as the ever increasing pleasure craft fleet some of which call into Orkney’s three Marinas in Kirkwall, Stromness and Westray.

Berthing and landing facilities are provided throughout the islands to meet the needs for these sectors.

The Harbour Authority provides all pilotage, towage services and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) for Scapa Flow and the Kirkwall Harbour areas.

The Harbour Authority operates a 24-7-365 VTS service, has 3 pilot launches and 5 Class 1 pilots and has under its ownership 3 x 55 tonne bollard pull ASD harbour tugs.