• 2015 July 31 17:39

    Ship calls at Lerwick port grew in H1 2015 by 7%

    The number of vessels using Lerwick Harbour in the first half of this year increased by 7% to 2,930, due mainly to more fishing boats compared to the same period in 2014 when poor weather affected activity, the Port Authority said Thursday in a press release.

    Both the overall tonnage of shipping, at 5.5 million gross tonnes, and that of oil-related vessels, at 1.39 million gross tonnes, held steady, although offshore industry arrivals were down 12% at 269, reflecting the sector’s reduced operations in current circumstances.

    Oil industry activity levels also impacted on cargo handled, with offshore shipments falling 18% to 75,475 tonnes, pushing total cargo down 13% to 499,179 tonnes for the six months to June.

    Total fish landings, at 20,430 tonnes, were valued at £17.7 million – down 42% on volume and 52% on value, reflecting a reduction in mackerel landings in January and February, White fish, at 4,739 tonnes, was valued at £7.1 million – up 1.3% on volume, with the value the same as at the half-year 2014. The white fish price per tonne remained at an average of over £1,500 per tonne.

    Passengers on the roll-on/roll-off ferries between Lerwick and Kirkwall and Aberdeen increased by 1.5% to 61,374. A decrease of 36% to 12,168 in visitors arriving by cruise ships reduced the overall passenger total by 7% to 73,542.

    Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson, said: “The 2016 cruise season is already looking good, with current record bookings for around 70 vessels and a 52,000 passengers.

    “Our turnover at half-year is on target and financial performance slightly ahead of forecast in conditions which require extra careful house-keeping.

    “A note of caution is added to our outlook by uncertainties over continuing difficult international markets for mackerel and it remains to be seen how this affects landings this autumn, and by the timing of any recovery in oil activity – although the potential for further field development is still there offshore Shetland. We remain confident in the future demand for expanded port facilities, underway, for the oil and fishing industries.”

    Lerwick Port Authority was established as Lerwick Harbour Trust by Act of Parliament in 1877. The 1877 Act constituted the trust port to manage, maintain and regulate the Port of Lerwick. The first task was to build a pier and Victoria Pier opened in 1886. As a Trust Port, the harbour is operated commercially by the Port Authority as a self-financing business. The name changed from Lerwick Harbour Trust to Lerwick Port Authority in 1999.


2019 January 20

16:08 Subsea 7 acquires multi-purpose offshore construction and dive support vessel
15:03 TEPCO and Ørsted sign MoU to work jointly on offshore wind projects
13:51 Major contract for JSS awarded to Montreal-based company
12:42 Huntington Ingalls Industries to acquire Fulcrum IT Services
10:47 Algoma provides update on status of fleet renewal

2019 January 19

16:19 Ocean Yield acquires Suezmax tanker Milos for $56.0 million
15:16 Evac expansion continues with acquisition of UK service company Transvac Systems
14:02 Deltamarin contracted to continue with Titanic II project
12:51 SGRE launches 10 MW offshore wind turbine
11:44 Algoma increases its interest in the ocean self-unloader Pool

2019 January 18

18:06 North Carolina Ports sets new record in 2018
17:47 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2018 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to about 3.2 million tonnes
17:25 Okskaya Sudoverf obtains patent for state-of-the-art pontoons
17:06 Hamburg prepares for ‘Hard Brexit’
16:44 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2018 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 53.48 million tonnes
16:23 GTT receives a new order from SHI to design the tanks of two LNG carriers on behalf of Gaslog
16:20 NOVATEK elects new Board of Directors
15:56 Throughput of port Vyborg in 2018 grew by 25% Y-o-Y to 1.93 million tonnes
15:33 Stena Line’s first new generation ferry ‘floats’ in China
15:21 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2018 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 49.8 million tonnes
15:03 Panama Direct service CMA CGM to resume weekly rotations
14:47 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 2018 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 18.79 million tonnes
14:33 GranIHC appointed contractor for Equinor’s Peregrino Phase II Project
14:19 Port of Ust-Luga handled 98.72 million tonnes in 2018, down 4% Y-o-Y
14:03 Algoma Central Corporation increases its interest in ocean self-unloader Pool
13:50 18 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 17-18
13:35 Throughput of the Port of St. Petersburg in 2018 up 11% Y-o-Y to 59.32 million tonnes
13:18 CMA CGM unites its Containerships and MacAndrews brands
13:11 Vladimir Putin supports Government’s proposal on expanding Far East Ministry’s functions with Arctic issues
12:49 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 2018 grew by 11% Y-o-Y to 49.276 million tonnes
12:26 MV Werften purchases Neptun Ship Design
12:08 Sakaide shipyard holds naming ceremony for new LNG carrier jointly owned by NYK and JERA
11:38 PGNiG SA signs agreement for oil and gas exploration and production in UAE
11:14 Remote pilotage to be allowed in Finland
10:47 Free zone status is a crucial advantage for the future development of the Freeport of Riga
10:06 Ice restrictions at the port of Ust-Luga come into effect on January 31
09:42 Brent Crude futures price up 0.9% to $61.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.09% to $52.64
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,077 points

2019 January 17

18:13 PORT OF KIEL presents annual results 2018
17:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Primorsk come into effect on January 25
17:28 Global Ports sets up a common service call centre
17:09 EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027
17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:38 Port of Zeebrugge handled 40.1 million tonnes in 2018