Developing Orkney’s Harbours

How Orkney’s  harbours are to develop in the future is revealed in a new draft Orkney Harbours Master Plan.

Stromness - photograph taken by Orkney Islands Council

photo credit: Orkney Islands Council

Members of the public will be able to view the plans and find out more information at the following events:

Wednesday 12th June: John Rae Room, Stromness Library

Presentations: 1pm and 6pm / Drop-in sessions: 1.30pm – 4pm and 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Thursday 13th June: Supper Room, Kirkwall Town Hall

Presentations: 1pm and 6pm / Drop-in sessions: 1.30pm – 4pm and 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Click on this link to view and download The Orkney Harbours Draft Master Plan

This is Phase one:

The fundamental purpose of the masterplan is to provide a  structured framework for the physical development and  transformation of Orkney’s harbours over a 20 year period.

The plan reflects the diverse activities for Orkney’s marine scene some of which are on the increase and some which are in decline:

  • Scapa Oil Port
  • Ship to Ship transfers
  • Flotta Terminal Operations
  • Cruise Trade
  • Passenger & freight lifeline ferries
  • Inter island ferries
  • Inshore fisheries
  • 3 Marinas
  • Marine renewables

The Draft Orkney Harbours Masterplan Phase 1 comprises  proposals at six harbour locations: Kirkwall Pier, Hatston, Scapa Pier, Stromness & Copland’s Dock, Scapa Deep Water Quay and Lyness.

It is estimated that successful implementation of all  masterplan proposals will generate between £185m and  £331m in additional GVA over the next 20 to 30 years. In  addition, at least 130 cumulative jobs, mostly in Orkney, are  expected to be generated or safeguarded by 2030, as well as  several hundred more jobs in offshore renewables and  offshore-related support activities in Orkney and Scotland. As  the local supply chain strengthens, more of the jobs and the  value added will be retained in Orkney.

After reading the Draft Masterplan and/or attending one of the public events people can send in their views before Monday 15th of July 2019 to: 

or posted to Orkney Islands Council, Marine Services, Harbour Authority Building, Scapa, Orkney, KW15 1SD.

There is also an online survey:Draft Orkney Harbours Master Plan

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