Orkney Islands Councillors have this afternoon (14 November) backed a major change in ballast water discharge regulations for Scapa Flow.Tankers currently have to discharge ballast water...
Kirkwall has come runner up in the global Seatrade Insider Cruise Port of the Year award.The port was shortlisted against Port Everglades in Miami, which secured...
Some images of the work at Coplands Dock in Stromness. Images supplied by Colin Keldie of K4 Graphics...
Orkney Islands Council Marine Services
Cruise Liners orkney
Port Charges 2013
Enterprise Area Lyness
Enterprise Area Hatston
Ballast Water Management Policy Report
Three Port Strategy
Safety Management System Manual Revision 5.0
Orkney Port Award
The tides and currents that surround Orkney are the global focus for marine renewable energy development in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters. Harnessing this magnificent natural resource as a sunrise industry in these tough economic times is both a challenge those technology developers, stakeholders and the rapidly developing supply chain embrace, and presents an opportunity for Orkney Islands Council Marine Services to redevelop and construct piers and harbours infrastructure to support this potentially massive industry.
With support from Orkney Islands Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Government, the Council’s three port development strategy encompassing Lyness in Hoy, Hatston outside Kirkwall and Copland’s Dock in Stromness is now approaching completion with the final element of the new pier in Stromness due for completion in February 2014. With the inclusion of the upgrading and the addition of new Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) radar sites and software, plus strategic land acquisition to compliment the strategy, over £24 million has been invested by Orkney Islands Council and its funding partners to meet new demands on port infrastructure and services.
Hatston Pier at 385 metres is now the longest commercial deep-water berth in Scotland.
This deep-water berth is now attracting vessels operating in the North Sea and West of Shetland oil fields resulting in the Council exploring opportunities for enhanced bunkering facilities for the these vessels plus potential de-commissioning bases and alternative fuels for Orkney.
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.
As with any island community, Orkney’s 29 piers and harbours play a vital role in the daily lives of its people. Because of its long seafaring tradition, Orkney’s piers have become the hub of island activity; towns and villages grew up around them, hotels and restaurants overlook them and the majority of the 220,000 tourists who visit annually arrive upon them.