Increase in cargo at Lerwick HarbourNews // February 5, 2008
Lerwick Harbour handled a healthy increase in cargo in 2007, with shipments up 11.4 per cent at 878,330 tonnes, compared to the previous year.
The main factor was a significant rise in offshore oil and gas industry traffic in a year which saw work begin at the port on its largest decommissioning project yet and the number of oil-related vessels calling up 14.5 per cent at 559, adding up to 1,680,652 gross tonnes, an increase of 27.6 per cent.
A total of 5,074 vessels arrived at the Shetland port, a drop of 3.9 per cent, mainly due to a decrease in the number of salmon farm workboats, with shipping down 9.6 per cent at 10,555,788 gross tonnes, principally because of fewer ferry visits.
Pilotage services for the year showed an increase of 42 per cent at 1,285, with the total tonnage of vessels piloted rising 25 per cent at 6,124,141 gross tonnes, largely as a result of the increased oil-related traffic.
Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson, said: “The variety of factors influencing activity in 2007 and the upturn in cargo handled underline our commitment to the continuing development of traffic, facilities and services. This will be another significant year, with a major dredging and reclamation project underway, leading to future opportunities.”