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Port Services

Orkney Islands Council Division of Marine Services as the Competent Harbour Authority (CHA) is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the 29 piers and harbours located throughout the Orkney Islands under their jurisdiction and operate under the principles set out in the Port Marine Safety Code.

Marine Services

Marine Services provides all Pilot Launch and Pilotage Services directly as well as Vessel Traffic Services for Scapa Flow and approaches and the Kirkwall Harbour area.

Orkney is firmly placed on the map as the centre for the development of oil & gas, wave and tidal Renewable Energy in the United Kingdom. This places Towage Services based in Scapa, as a key logistical element in the installation and servicing of Renewable Energy devices in Orkney waters.

We hope that within this website you will find information that will assist you in the planning of a visit to any of the port facilities that we operate.



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 3 Marinas in Kirkwall, Stromness and Westray. Berthing and landing facilities are provided throughout the islands to meet the needs for these sectors.

Full Information is available at

Orkney Marinas

Port Charges

The charges levied by the port can be found in the Schedule of Charges. It is reviewed annually and in place for one year from 1 April to 31 March.

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19 Jul 2017


The landscape is soon to change in Scapa Flow with the accommodation rig vessels Safe Boreas and Safe Zephyrus, owned and operated by Prosafe, leaving for the North Sea and Norway...


31 Aug 2016

Company to explore decommissioning plans for Lyness

Orkney Islands Council is giving a specialist company the opportunity to investigate Lyness’ potential as a base for North Sea oil and gas decommissioning work. The project is at an early...


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