Lerwick Port Authority News

11 Sep 2018

Ultra-Deepwater Port Location Revealed at Shetland

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Scottish Government identifies Dales Voe in Lerwick in Shetland  as “preferred site” for an "ultra deep water" decommissioning port after UK-wide feasibility study.Scotland’s supply chain could be set to win more large scale decommissioning projects, after Dales Voe in Shetland has been identified as the optimal location for an ultra-deep water port.The Lerwick location was selected following a UK-wide feasibility study, conducted by Ernst and Young, has as the optimal and most…

06 Jan 2017

Lerwick Port Spells out Strategy for Expansion

Construction to extend the existing quay is now under way. Excavation of adjacent areas will provide significant laydown and open storage opportunities. Photo Lerwick Port

Lerwick Port Authority has detailed a series of objectives to meet its aim of running an efficient, cost-effective harbour, including continuing expansion of the infrastructure. The goals are featured in an interim Update produced ahead of publication of a new style annual report in Spring. Commenting on activity, Chairman Brian Anderson notes: “Lerwick reached peak level in 2013 and 2014, largely driven by oil & gas projects, both onshore and offshore. The Update also notes that…

21 Aug 2016

Lerwick Port Launches Latest VMS

Lerwick Port Authority's new control room Photo Lerwick port

Lerwick Port Authority have inaugurated a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) which utilises the latest technology to improve the handling of ship movements at the busy Shetland port. Transas, a world-leader in providing harmonised integrated solutions to the maritime industry, has installed the system across four sites covering the port area – port control in the main building and three remote stations, at Rova Head north of Lerwick and Maryfield and Kirkabister, on the island of Bressay, monitoring the northern approaches, inner harbour and southern approaches, respectively.

14 Aug 2016

Biggest Cruise Ship to Enter Lerwick Harbor

Celebrity Silhouette  Photo Celebrity Cruises

The record for the biggest cruise ship into Lerwick Harbour will be broken on Today (Sunday) when Celebrity Silhouette enters the Shetland port on a 14-nights British Isles Cruise. On her maiden call at Lerwick, Celebrity Cruises’ 122,210 gross tonne vessel will beat the record set by the 115,055 gross tonne Azura on 30 June. Captain Calum Grains, Lerwick Port Authority’s Harbour Master and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “The visit by Celebrity Silhouette will be another highlight of a record-breaking season and in the long involvement of Lerwick and Shetland with the cruise industry.

29 Jun 2016

Lerwick Port Set to Receive Largest Cruise ship

Courtesy Lerwick Port

Lerwick Harbour’s record-breaking cruise season will hit the first of several milestones this season on Thursday (30 June) with the arrival of Azura, the largest cruise ship yet to enter the Shetland port. The P&O Cruises vessel will arrive from Akureyri, in north Iceland, en route for Kirkwall, Orkney, with around 3,100 passengers on a 14 nights’ round-trip voyage from Southampton. On her maiden visit, the 115,055 gross tonne Azura will break the port record set by Costa Pacifica, at 114,288 gross tonnes, in June 2011.

18 Jun 2016

Viking Sea's Maiden Call at Lerwick Port


Members of Lerwick’s Up Helly Aa Jarl Squad warmly welcomed Viking Sea passengers ashore during her maiden call to Lerwick. The brand new 47,842 tonne Viking Sea arrived for the first time at Lerwick on Wednesday 15 June, carrying almost 900 passengers onboard as part of a 15-day cruise visiting 3 countries and 12 ports. The ship will make a return call to Lerwick on 23 June, as part of an ‘Into the Midnight Sun’ cruise from London to Norway. Representatives from Lerwick Port Authority…

13 May 2016

Statsraad Lehmkuhl's 100th Visit to Lerwick Port

Courtesy Lerwick Port Authority.

As part of a Whitsunday voyage from Bergen to Shetland, the crew and trainees will be treated to a celebratory welcome from harbour tugs Knab and Kebister when the ship arrives at Lerwick on Friday morning. Later that evening, Captain Marcus Seidl will host a reception for invited guests in the ship’s quarterdeck to mark this special occasion, with a presentation being made by Lerwick Port Authority. The ship’s 2016 itinerary includes six visits to Lerwick comprising Navy charters, sail training experiences for trainees and Norwegian student exchange trips.

01 May 2016

Lerwick Harbor sees Seasonal Boost

Offshore vessels Bibby Polaris and Viking Neptun at Greenhead Base, currently supporting projects West of Shetland. Photo by Alexander Simpson

The opening of the offshore season in northern waters has seen specialist oil industry vessels return to Lerwick Harbor during April to support subsea development projects. This month has also brought the first cruise ship of the year to the Shetland port for what promises to be a record-breaking cruise season. Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson, commented: “The positive signs are encouraging, after a fall in traffic during the first quarter. We expect the harbor to be busy servicing field developments west of Shetland through to September…

09 Dec 2015

Transas VMS for Lerwick Harbor

Contract signing Photo Lerwick Port Authority

Transas signed a contract with Lerwick Port Authority to install a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) to cover Lerwick Harbour, in Shetland. The new Transas system is required to replace Lerwick Harbour’s existing system. Lerwick is a major commercial port in Britain, strategically situated at the crossroads of the North Sea and North-East Atlantic. Handling more than 5,000 vessel arrivals, totalling over 12,000,000 gross tonnes, annually, the deep-water port’s users include fishing, oil and gas support, cargo, sailing, ferries and cruises.

31 Oct 2015

Negative Impact on Lerwick Harbor Traffic

Courtesy Lerwick Port Authority

The downturn in offshore industry operations, a cyclical cruise season and lower fish landings have combined to reduce activity at Lerwick Harbor in the first nine months of 2015. Sandra Laurenson, Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, said: “We knew that the peak activity levels we enjoyed in recent years would not continue and our forecasts for the year to date are on target to match our predictions for 2015. Vessel arrivals between January and September were virtually unchanged – up 24 at 3…

29 Jul 2015

Anderson Appointed Chairman of Lerwick Port

Brian Anderson - Chairman

Brian Anderson has been appointed Chairman of Lerwick Port Authority at the board’s Annual General Meeting in July. Formerly Deputy Chairman, Brian succeeds the late Harry Jamieson who was Chairman for the past four years until his untimely death in June Ronnie Gair has been appointed Deputy Chairman of the Authority. The Authority has decided to recruit a new Member to fill the vacancy on the Board from the business sector. The vacant position is for a two year term with the opportunity to stand for reappointment in 2017.

09 Jul 2015

Lerwick Port Donates to Shetland Stroke Support Group

Lerwick Port

Lerwick Port Authority’s Victoria Pier Car Park is having a special charity day on Saturday to coincide with the start of Living Lerwick’s Shopping Week. All proceeds from car park takings on Saturday 11 July will be match funded by Lerwick Port Authority and donated to Shetland Stroke Support Group. Lerwick Shopping Week will run from 11 to 17 July inclusive to provide a week of fun activities and events in the town centre area. Some of the enticing promotions include meet the maker events…

28 Jun 2015

Bergen Shetland Race Yachts at Lerwick

Yachting at Lerwick

The yacht Serenity, skippered by Fridtjov Bergmann, proudly flies the Bergen Shetland Blue Ribbon as first to finish this year’s race across the North Sea from Norway. He later received Lerwick Port Authority's trophy for first yacht over the line, at 20:56 hours on Thursday, 26 June, from the Authority’s Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson. Serenity finished in under 33 hours, four minutes ahead of Scirocco III. The 30 yachts and 167 crew leave Lerwick on the second, return leg on Sunday.

29 May 2015

Lerwick Port Promoting Shetland Fishing Industry

Projects include further expansion of port’s infrastructure.

The importance of investment in the Shetland fishing industry has been highlighted today by Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson. The industry – white fish, pelagic, shellfish and aquaculture – is the biggest single contributor to the islands' economy, more than the four other main business categories combined. Commenting ahead of the annual Fishing Expo exhibition in Aberdeen, where the Authority will participate, Ms Laurenson said: "The trends are positive…

16 Mar 2015

Lerwick Sees Cruise Season Boom

Lerwick Harbour gets set for the boom in cruising shipping

Lerwick Harbour’s cruise season launches at the double this week, with the arrival of the first two vessels of the year on Wednesday (18 March), bringing 1,850 passengers to Shetland. En route from Andalnes, Norway, to Torshavn, Faroe, Saga Sapphire will anchor in the deep-water port while on a 12-nights Nordic Eclipse cruise, and Magellan will also anchor on her way from Invergordon, Scotland, to Reykjavik, Iceland, on a 12-nights Solar Eclipse maiden cruise. The vessels are 200 and 222 metres long, respectively.

18 Feb 2015

Quay Contract Awarded at Lerwick Port

Multi-user, deep-water extension to service subsea projects and decommissioning.

Plans for significant further expansion of Lerwick Harbour’s extensive deep-water facilities for the offshore oil and gas industry have advanced with the award of a major contract to extend the quay at Dales Voe South to support subsea developments and decommissioning. Lerwick Port Authority has commissioned the Scottish business unit of civil engineering contractor BAM Nuttall as main contractor for an £11.95 million investment to lengthen the quay to 130 metres. Part of the Dutch construction group Royal BAM…

30 Jan 2015

Lerwick Harbor sees Positive Outlook


Lerwick's importance as a gateway for Shetland’s communities and industries is underlined by an increase in passenger traffic, cargo handled and fish landed in 2014. Passengers were up 11.8% to 179,352, with numbers on the roll-on/roll-off nightly ferries between the port and Kirkwall and Aberdeen increased by 2% to 135,629 compared with the previous year, despite the two vessels being off-route in sequence for a total five weeks for biennial servicing. A recovery in cruise traffic saw passengers up by 64% to 43,723.

04 Dec 2014

Lerwick Port Strengthening Top Deck

Lerwick port

The Board of Lerwick Port Authority is strengthening its senior management team in support of continuing activity and development at the busy harbour. The move follows an external organisational review, particularly looking at the staff resource required to sustain the high level of activity in all areas including marine operations and managing its extensive property portfolio. Recruitment to a new position of Commercial Director will commence in the new year. There are currently two executive positions on the Authority’s Board with Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson, holding one.

03 Nov 2014

Throughput Up at Lerwick Harbor


A continuing increase in cargo handled at Lerwick Harbour in the third quarter brought the volume for the first nine months of 2014 to 910,014 tonnes, up 6% on the same period last year. Shipments included 144,243 tonnes of oil-related cargo, a rise of 4.5%. There was a 14.7% increase in passengers to 154,381, with ferry passengers on the Aberdeen and Kirkwall routes up 4% to 111,357 and cruise passengers by 61% to a record 43,024. The 3,850 arrivals were down 8%, with the tonnage of vessels lower by 8% at 9.6 million gross tonnes.

23 Oct 2014

Lerwick Port Awards £16.5 mi Expansion Contract

Port Authority Chief Executive Sandra Laurenson (l) and Bank of Scotland. David Nicolson, SME Banking Relationship Manager

Lerwick Port Authority has awarded a construction contract for the latest expansion of the harbour’s facilities in a project costing a total of £16.5 million and which will benefit the fishing and oil sectors. The new jetty at Holmsgarth North will provide deeper berthing and more working area for the fishing fleet, while the outer arm of the L-shaped jetty will create a dock sheltering a planned new white fish market. The outer arm will also be suitable for berthing offshore industry vessels. Local company, Tulloch Developments Ltd, has been appointed main contractor.

24 Jul 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014 Fireball Championships

An exciting week of sailing with the 2014 Fireball European Championships taking place at the port

Lerwick Harbour is ready for an exciting week of sailing with the 2014 Fireball European Championships taking place at the port next week. As a warm-up to the main event, the Shetland Fireball Championships will be held this afternoon and tomorrow. 27 boats are expected to enter the European Championships with international crews arriving from the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Ireland as well as the UK mainland. A number of the entrants are local boats looking forward to racing in their home waters.

01 Aug 2014

Activity at Lerwick Harbor - Forecast


Increases in cargo, passengers and mackerel landings helped the Port of Lerwick achieve forecast traffic levels in the half-year to June, 2014, compared with the same period in 2013. The total for all cargoes handled at the port rose 8%, with combined ferry and cruise passengers jumping 13.8%. The number of vessel arrivals, at 2,230, was down 11%, mainly due to a decrease in fishing vessels – also reflected in white fish landings which declined due to bad weather in the early part of the year, vessel refits and boats on charter to the oil industry.

28 Sep 2014

2 Cruise Season Records at Lerwick Harbor


The arrival of the cruise ship Norwegian Star at Lerwick Harbour today (Thursday 25 September) marks the end of the Shetland port's best season yet, with two records achieved. Passenger numbers reached a new high at 43,056, topping the previous record of 37,572 in 2012, with the vessel tonnage figure of 1,682,985 gross tonnes exceeding the record of 1,531,097 gross tonnes two years ago. Making her second visit to Lerwick after a maiden call last year, the 294-metre, 91,740 gross tonne Norwegian Star arrived from Bergen…

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