Lerwick Harbour benefitting from increased capacityCompany News // February 6, 2014
The oil and gas industry has continued to take full advantage of Lerwick Harbour’s expanded deepwater infrastructure, which helped attract increased traffic in 2013.
The number of oil-related vessels calling jumped 9.6 per cent to 683, compared to 2012, with the tonnage up 28 per cent to 3.8 million gross tonnes and the cargo handled by 36 per cent to 189,090 tonnes.
There were a total of 5,416 vessel arrivals last year, up 4.9 per cent, with the tonnage of all ships ahead by 5.5 per cent to 13.2 million gross tonnes.
Use of the port by larger vessels is again demonstrated by pilotage movements, up 7.6 per cent to 1,502, with 10.2 million gross tonnes of vessels piloted, up 5.3 per cent.
Total cargo across the port’s near-4,000m of quays rose by 17 per cent to 1,169,108 tonnes.
Sandra Laurenson, Lerwick Port Authority’s Chief Executive, said: “In a very busy year, our investment in enhanced facilities again paid off. On top of regular traffic, the port handled various projects demonstrating the capacity of the deepwater harbour, including storing and transhipping modules weighing up to 450 tonnes for the Shetland Gas Plant and accommodating several floatels housing construction workers.
“The outlook is positive for the foreseeable future and we are progressing further developments to maximise the opportunities in various sectors.”