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Aberdeen Harbour - A world class port

Aberdeen Harbour is one of the UK's busiest ports and represents a vital part of Scotland's transport infrastructure.

It plays a key role in Europe's energy sector, supports life-line ferry services to the Northern Isles and has commercial trading links to 39 countries. With over 5 million tonnes of cargo passing over the quayside annually, with a value of more than 1.5 billion, and the port managing over 28 million vessel tonnes, the port has witnessed record levels of activity in recent years and is key to sustaining the commercial growth of the region.

Harbour Facilities

The modernity of the facilities and diversity of traffic are key features of the harbour, which is both a regional resource and a global gateway, serving a wide range of Scottish Industries:


  •  The centre of activity for offshore oil and gas industry marine support in North West Europe and a marshalling point for oilfield exports.
  •  Principal commercial port for North East Scotland.
  •  An international port.
  •  Principal mainland port for passenger, freight and livestock services to Orkney and Shetland.
  •  A centre for the import of refined oil products for the region.
  •  A centre for the import of refined oil products for the region.
  •  A port-of-call for cruise ships.

Harbour Development

With around 200 million invested in by the Harbour Board in recent decades, the evolution of the port is ongoing and is aimed at meeting the changing requirements of existing users and of accommodating new activity and potential markets. It is a long-term, proactive strategy, delivering the capacity for expansion and diversification.

Significant developments of recent years have included the multi-million pound development of facilities at the Torry Marine Base, where 400 meters of deep-water, state-of-the-art, quayside was completed in 2014.

In 2012, however, the Board embarked on a feasibility study, investigating the potential expansion of the harbour, which has identified Nigg Bay as potential site where additional deep-water facilities could be developed. Such facilities could accommodate the larger vessels associated with subsea, decommisioning and renewables activities and allow significantly larger cruise ships to visit Aberdeen. It is estimated that such facilities could inject an additional 0.9 billion into the national economy and support an additional 3,500 jobs.

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