Sustained signs of gradual increase in activity at Lerwick HarbourNews // November 12, 2010
Positive signs of an increase in activity at Lerwick Harbour in the UK in first half of the year have been sustained into the third quarter, with improving performances across various sectors.
The tonnage of shipping in the nine months to September was up 10.8 per cent at 7.2 million gross tonnes, reflecting in particular the larger oil-related and cruise ships using the Shetland port.
While the number of vessels servicing the offshore industry was virtually the same at 275, the tonnage increased by 24 per cent to 960,265 gross tonnes.
Victor Sandison, the Port Authority’s Deputy Chief Executive, said: “The importance of past projects and current plans relating to Lerwick’s ability to handle larger vessels across a range of operations is again demonstrated by the latest figures which also provide further encouragement that progress continues to be made in increasing activity.”