Major pier project opens next week
Scotland’s longest commercial deep-water berth has been created in Orkney with the completion of a new extension at Hatston Pier just outside Kirkwall.
The 160-metre extension to the existing 225-metre pier will be officially opened next week by Neil Kermode, Managing Director of EMEC, the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre.
The £8.4 million project is a key component in an ambitious 3 ports development strategy, primarily for the marine renewables industry. The pier is now almost a quarter of a mile long and, as well as supporting this important new sector, will serve Orkney well as a berth for a variety of vessels, including ferries, cruise ships and those serving the offshore oil and gas industries.”
The extension to Hatston Pier attracted £3.4 million in support from the European Regional Development Fund, with £5 million being provided by Orkney Islands Council.
The new berth is already attracting some of the largest cruise liners for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, adding to Orkney’s accolade as the most sought after destination for cruise ships in the UK.
This year there are 74 port calls to Orkney carrying around 62,000 passengers and 20,000 crew, with 54 port calls already booked for 2014.
The first large liner to call at the new 385 metre berth will be Caribbean Princess on 17 May.
The opening ceremony takes place at Hatston Pier on Tuesday, April 30.