Aberdeen Harbor attracted increased traffic across the first half of 2011, with both vessel numbers and tonnage on the up. Vessel numbers rose by seven percent on the same period last year to 3,746 while shipping tonnage increased from 11.6 million tonnes to 12.2 million tonnes. Total cargo tonnage also increased over the same period by 4.7 percent from 2.2 to 2.3 million tonnes.
The port also recorded 590,563 tons of shipping activity during the second week of July; the highest weekly tonnage ever to be handled.
Continued growth in the oil and gas sector is reflected in the increased number of support vessels that used the port over the first six months of the year; up eight percent to 2,580. This demonstrates the significant role the energy industry continues to play in generating activity for both Aberdeen Harbor and the region as a whole.
The Northlink ferry services continue to prove a vital link for those travelling between the mainland and the Northern Isles, with around 68,000 passengers passing through the port. Commercial cargo, both in and outbound also rose, with notable increases in raw materials such as road salt, timber logs and scrap.
Chief executive of Aberdeen Harbor Board, Colin Parker, said: “A key part of our ongoing development strategy is the Board’s investment in facilities to improve the harbor in order to ensure we continue to provide fit-for-purpose facilities for our existing customers and new business streams alike.
“We are reaping the benefits of this investment with increases across the board; from oil and gas support to general cargo. The ferry service to the Northern Isles continues to prove an important service offering while the harbor has again this year resumed links with the tourism sector, welcoming a number of cruise calls to the port, with vessels of varying sizes using our facilities."