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    Latest phase of expansion at Port of Lerwick under way

    News // June 29, 2015

    Port of Lerwick in the UK says further expansion of facilities for the offshore industry at the deepwater facility underlines the port's confidence in the sector’s future, with three development projects, costing around £30 million and including 880m of additional quays, on schedule.

    At Dales Voe South, the quay is being extended by 75m to 130m, with a load-bearing capacity of 60 tonnes per square metre, which is unique in Scotland.

    The full quay will have 12.5m water depth alongside, amongst the deepest of its type in Scotland. Completion is due next spring. The extension will be complemented by increased, adjacent laydown for equipment and materials, with a phased expansion totalling 45,000m2 by 2016.

    An L-shaped jetty at Holmsgarth North jetty will extend to 800m-plus when completed next year, with ultimately 10m water depth alongside. The outer arm will create additional berthing for offshore industry vessels.

    Sandra Laurenson, Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, said: “The harbour already has almost 4,000m of quay, including over 1,300m of deepwater berthing, and 130,000m2 of laydown, meeting offshore industry requirements.

    "The latest developments will underpin Lerwick’s continuing role as a leading support centre, with the versatile facilities servicing ongoing operations, including subsea developments – particularly west of Shetland – and opening the door to further decommissioning work and the renewables market.”


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