Ports and Harbours - North Coast and Northern Isles


Scrabster Harbour

Scrabster Harbour is a ferry terminal, inshore fisheries harbour, a base for oil and gas supply vessels and has also served the renewables tidal energy industry in the Pentland Firth. This multi use port has plans to extend its role in the energy sector by serving the next round of offshore wind sites in the ScotWind leasing round.

It completed the first phase of its expansion plans a few years ago with the £17.6m development of the Jubilee Quay in 2013 (seen top centre in the picture). The Harbour Authority now plans a further expansion with the redevelopment of the St Ola pier to create a modern 280m deep water berth along with seabed reclamation works to provide a new laydown and storage area in the south of the harbour.

Details of the expansion to the St Ola Pier can be found on the Scrabster Harbour website.

See the Scrabster Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports website for a more detailed specification on the port's existing faculties.

Image credit: Scrabster Harbour


Stromness Harbour

Orkney Island Council's Marine Services own and manage most of the harbour infrastructure in the islands. Stromness is the most westerly harbour in their portfolio and is home to a number of maritime industries including inshore fishing, tourism and renewable energy.

It is the ferry terminal for the mainland link to Scrabster. It's proximity to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) wave test site has meant that the harbour has been involved in this pioneering sector since 2003.
With Lyness and the planned deep water port at Scapa Marine Services believe that they have the right mix of infrastructure to service the new offshore wind sites which are planned for the area under the soon to launch ScotWind leasing round.

See the Stromness Harbour section on the Orkney Harbour's website for a more detailed specification on the port's existing faculties.



Part of the old naval base infrastructure Lyness has been upgraded by Marine Services over the last 12 years to service the wave energy industry as various devices were tested at the nearby European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). The above picture shows two large wave devices at the quayside.

Part of Orkney Island Council's current harbours development plan will see further investment at Lyness to increase the laydown area and strengthen the quaysides further to attract business form the oil and gas decommissioning market.

See the Lyness Harbour section on the Orkney Harbours website for a more detailed specification on the port's existing faculties.


Scapa Deep Water Quay

The image to the right shows the Orkney Island Council's plan for their harbour redevelopment and their ambitious £76m project to deliver a Deep Water Quay at the Scapa site in Scapa Flow, one of the largest natural sheltered harbours in the world. This will consist of over 600m of quayside with one 300m outer quay with 20m water depth. It will also have 12 acres of laydown area attached to the port site which could potentially be expanded further should demand be forthcoming.

The aim of the Deep Water Quay is to attract further cruise liner, oil and gas servicing and decommissioning work along with business from the offshore wind sector as the ScotWind project sites in the Orkney waters and Pentand Firth come to fruition in the next 5-10 years.

Details of the complete Masterplan for all Orkney Harbour's sites can be downloaded from their website.


Lerwick Harbour

The main harbour of the Shetland Islands, Lerwick Harbour, has seen significant investment by the Port Authority in extending quayside, upgrading hardstanding areas and developing completely new area of the port such as the deep water quayside at Dales Voe. The port is home to the northern pelagic fishing vessel fleet, is a main service base for the oil and gas sector and is now involved in delivering major decommissioning projects for the same sector.

It has been identified as the top candidate for the UK's Ultra Deep Water Decommissioning facility and is awaiting the necessary contracts to trigger such a significant investment.

The potential for a major site from the ScotWind leasing round to be off the east coast of the Shetland Islands has stimulated interest in utilising Lerwick Harbour's extensive infrastructure for offshore wind and floating offshore wind in particular.

Although there is currently only one proposed site in the Shetland area there is the opportunity of further sites coming along from subsequent Scotwind leasing rounds. There are also new opportunities arising from the UKCS Energy Transition projects from the planned electrification of the oil and gas platforms in the Northern North Sea using offshore wind.

See the Lerwick Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports website for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties.

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