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DateLinerDue timeStatus
22/05/2015Azores10:00Passengers 522 Crew 264
23/05/2015Queen Elizabeth09:00Passengers 2018 Crew 971
23/05/2015Sea Explorer13:30Passengers 100 Crew 76 Note new eta for pilot now 12:30
23/05/2015Sea Spirit12.00

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Vacancis - Programme manager and Research manager


VacanciesWave Energy Scotland – two posts - programme manager and innovation and research managerplease refer to the Vacancies section of this website

Vacancy - Marine Pilot/Trainee Pilot


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Marine Pilot for the Orkney Pilotage Areas.Please refer to the Vacancy section of this website for further information...

STS Images Scapa Flow


Recent Ship to ship transfer activity in Scapa Flow has generated considerable interest with local photographers eager to capture large tankers conducting such operations at anchor in the World’s Second Largest Natural Harbour...

Hatston Development Works


In support of the Hatston Enterprise Area comprising approximately 10 hectares, works are well under way in the provision of infrastructure services for the area including...

Orkney Cruise Season Starts in Earnest


Bank Holiday Monday, the 4 May will see the start of the busiest cruise season in Orkney to date following 5 port calls in March...

Historic Swedish Vessel in Stromness


Visiting Stromness, Hoy and Kirkwall this week is the M/S Stockholm. The vessel is a classic vessel built in 1953 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration...

STS news - April 2015


Orkney Islands Council’s Marine Services team assisted with not one, but two STS transfers this weekend in Scapa Flow. The Alsace and the Sifa came together...

STS March 2015


After sailing through what could easily described as turbulent waters over recent years, those at the head of OIC Marine Services now believe that the...

Orkney welcomes first liner of the season


Orkney has welcomed its first cruise ship of the season today (Wednesday March 18).The Marco Polo called into Kirkwall on its way from Tilbury in Essex...

Orkney Islands Council Marine Services

An ambitious three port strategy to refurbish and build new pier and supporting infrastructure with the support of the European regional Development Fund and the Scottish Government is now complete and open for business.

Lyness in Hoy, Hatston Pier outside Kirkwall and Coplandís Dock in Stromness were the 3 main components of the three port strategy along with Vessel Traffic Services software upgrades and 2 new radar sites and supporting land acquisition.

The strategy was based on the demands for additional infrastructure support for the marine renewables industry, but it is clear that the more traditional industries of oil and gas, cruise ships, and freight and supply vessels also appreciate the new infrastructure developments.

As a result of the three port strategy, Hatston Pier at 385 meters with 10.5 meter drafts is now Scotlandís longest deep-water commercial berth.

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.

Scapa Flow, the Worldís second largest natural Harbour at 120 square miles and containing almost 1 billion cubic meters of water, is the perfect location for vessels requiring sheltered, deep water anchorage for STS transfers, longer term layup facilities on designated anchorages.