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Port Security

Where there are security concerns from any person at a pier or harbour operated by the authority, they should contact the piermaster at the location or advise the operations room at the harbour authority building at Scapa:

The vigilance of the public and users of the facilities and the reporting of any suspicious activities or objects is of the utmost importance.

Security Plan

Orkney Harbour Authority has a Port Facility Security Plan in-place for the following locations:

  • Stromness Harbour covering Stromness North Pier & Coplands Dock for passenger (PAX) operations and Stromness South Pier for OBC operations.
  • Kirkwall Harbour (including Hatston pier) for PAX and OBC operations.
  • Scapa Flow covering ship-to-ship transfer operations for COG operations & Lyness Pier for OBC.

1. PAX: passenger vessel operations

2. OBC: other bulk cargo operations

3. COG: chemical, oil and gas operations

Facilities Covered

  • Kirkwall Pier (1&2)
  • Hatston Pier (1&2)
  • Stromness North Pier (1)
  • Stromness South Pier (2)
  • Coplands Dock (2)
  • Lynss Pier (2)
  • Scapa Flow (3)

The port requires the following vessels, which are required to comply with the ISPS code, to submit a pre-arrival information report form at least 24 hours prior to arrival:

  1. Cargo vessels arriving from a non-UK port
  2. Cruise ships arriving from any port
  3. All tankers of over 3000 GT arriving from any port

Vessels not affected by the requirements of the ISPS code and seeking information on the security arrangements in place at any of the facilities listed above, should contact the PFSO via the Operations Room.

Port security is carried out under the following legislative instruments:

  • Regulation (EC) No. 725/2004 enhancing ship and port facility security.
  • IS 2004 No. 1495 The ship and Port Facility (Security) Regulations 2004.
  • SI 2005 No.1434 The ship and Port Facility (Security) (Amended) Regulations 2004.
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Orkney Islands Council, Marine Services, Harbour Authority Building, Scapa, Orkney, KW15 1SD