Lerwick pressing ahead with new facilitiesNews // October 10, 2011
The continuing development of facilities and services at Lerwick Harbour in Scotland is reinforcing and evolving the port’s role in supporting the offshore oil and gas industry across its range of operations.
Highlights of 2011 to date include: more land reclaimed; additional laydown created; construction of another deep-water quay underway; development of a deep-water decommissioning facility progressing; further deepening of quays; increased traffic, with more, larger vessels handled, and a disposal contract mobilised.
“The value of a proactive approach and past investment by Lerwick Port Authority and third parties has been demonstrated… and it is vital that this strategy continues to meet changing requirements and new opportunities,” said Sandra Laurenson, Chief Executive of the Port Authority, which continues to market the harbour to the offshore industry, including through membership of Decom North Sea.
Due for completion around the turn of the year, the latest significant expansion of Lerwick Harbour’s already extensive deep-water infrastructure will further enhance facilities servicing the offshore oil and gas industry.
The Port Authority’s £5.2 million reclamation-and-construction project is creating 100m of berthing at the south end of Greenhead Base to support a range of operations. Along with the deepening of two existing berths, the project will extend continuous berthing with nine metres’ water at the Base to 345m.
“We’re seeing increasing numbers of large offshore construction and diving support vessels using Lerwick,” explained Captain Calum Grains, the Port Authority’s Harbourmaster. “By enhancing the ability to handle these ships though extending berthing with 9m of water depth, adding another heavy lift pad and complementing existing laydown areas, the new quay will improve services for current operators and help generate further traffic.”