Officially opened in April 2013, Hatston Pier is a 385 metre pier situated on the outskirts of Kirkwall.
Hatston Pier was the second phase of the Three Port Strategy, the ambitious development designed to upgrade and improve pier and quayside facilities in Orkney.
As Phase Two of the Three Port Strategy, the completion of Hatston Pier marked an important milestone in turning the overarching scheme into a reality. The project saw the existing 225 metre port extended by an additional 160 metres, making it Scotland’s longest commercial deep-water berth.
Commenting on Hatston Pier project, Peter Bevan, Orkney Islands Council, said:
“Hatston Pier was a Design and Build contract which was awarded in October 2011, with construction work beginning in March 2012. The new berth was created to primarily contend with the expected increase in marine renewables traffic, although it is also used for general cargo and cruise liners.
“The pier was handed over to the council’s marine services on 22nd April 2013. The pier provides a great deal of additional space for the marine renewables sector and already we have seen the greatest concentration of tidal turbines on the pier at any one time, which is great.”
Hatston Pier is strategically located for European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal test site off the island of Eday, where a number of tidal energy devices are undergoing trials. As well as supporting the marine renewable energy sector, Hatston Pier will also serve as a berth for a variety of vessels, including ferries, cruise ships and those serving the offshore oil and gas industries.
The new pier was officially opened by Neil Kermode; the managing director of Orkney based EMEC. The occasion was marked by the unveiling of a plaque, whilst Hazel Stephen, Marine Services office manager, cut the ribbon.
Commenting on the newly extended pier, Neil said:
“Orkney enthusiastically welcomed the first developers of tidal turbines and has seen first-hand how hard they all work and what they need.
“Orkney has rolled up its sleeves to do everything it can to help them succeed and Hatston Pier is the biggest manifestation to date of this can-do attitude. I can’t think of a clearer signal to the burgeoning wave and tidal industry that Orkney is open for business.”
McLaughlin and Harvey was the main contractor on Hatston Pier. McLaughlin and Harvey operates throughout Great Britain and Ireland and delivers quality construction projects, which benefit from the company’s 150 years of experience.
Orkney Island Council Vice Convenor, Jim Foubister, commented:
“With the completion of Hatston two new companies are already on board and we have a number of enquiries coming in about operating from this site.
“Orkney Island Council has agreed to the installation of a 500 cubic metre water tank which will deliver a water supply of 40 tonnes per hour and we are currently in discussions with oil companies about the possibility of installing bunkers at the pier. We have a lot of opportunities for future development at Hatston Pier.”
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Streamline’s proven track record in getting materials from A to B on time, to specification and at the right price makes the company a first choice for logistics planners and contract managers, allowing construction and site managers to get on with the job of building – to plan and on time.
Hazel McMullan, Business Development Manager with Streamline Shipping Group commented:
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