Lerwick Port Authority

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Updated: 14 July 2020 



Lerwick Port Authority confirms there are no cruise calls scheduled to visit Lerwick until August. 

Many cruise lines have suspended operations which will affect scheduled visits throughout the season and we are monitoring the situation. Updates will show on our visit list as changes are confirmed by the cruise lines.  

Vessel Arrivals 

As of Monday 8 June, residents and visitors entering the UK are subject to new measures due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

A travel advisory is in place for visiting yachts arriving in the UK at Lerwick. 

Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Ports Liaison Network requires that any vessel arriving from a foreign port must provide a Declaration to the local Port Health Authority - see Notice to Mariners –  Maritime Declaration of Health, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)  

For any vessel arriving with passengers and crew on board who may be showing symptoms of the virus, the Authority would liaise with the Port Health Authority, NHS Shetland and Shetland Islands Council Emergency Planning and Resilience Service on any action required. 


Our reception at Albert Building is closed for public access but continues to be manned daily, with access permitted for only essential personnel and deliveries.   

The Authority continues to operate a 24/7 service, working to all current advice and guidance, closely monitoring the situation daily and liaising with relevant third parties.

Enhanced bio-security measures are in place across the Authority’s operations.

Further information and guidance can be found below: 

Arriving in the UK

Serco NorthLink Ferries Updates

Visitors to Shetland, Travel Advice

Guidance for individuals and businesses

Guidance for staff in the transport sector

Latest Health Advice

Scottish Government Situation Updates

Health Protection Scotland Guidance





As a statutory harbour authority and major land owner, Lerwick Port Authority has environmental duties under the Harbours Act 1964 and other relevant legislation.

The Authority’s aims are to preserve the balance between commercial, recreational and environmental interests, while maintaining a sustainable and commercially viable port.

The emphasis on caring for the environment in all areas of development and operations is demonstrated by the Authority’s Environmental Plan, the commitment to continually improving its environmental performance and by being the first port in Scotland to achieve certification to the BS EN ISO 14001 Environmental Standard during 2008.

The Authority’s environmental strategies have been designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing its impact on the environment.  This is achieved through effective implementation of a series of documented procedures and control measures including, operational control, fuel and energy monitoring, waste handling, segregation, recycling and disposal and emergency response. 

The Authority has identified the key aspects of its business that impact on the environment. This process is documented in the ‘Environmental Aspects Register’, which describes each environmental aspect, its impact on the environment and how significance is determined. Further information is available on request.

The Authority’s Environmental procedures and processes are drawn together with the existing BS EN ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management and Port Marine Safety Code compliant system (held by the Authority since 1995) to create a fully Integrated Management System.  Integrated Management Systems are a key tool in identifying and controlling environmental, health & safety and quality issues in continually improving and monitoring performance; and in implementing a systematic approach to formal risk assessment.


Lerwick Port Authority’s full commitment to compliance with all applicable environmental and health & safety legislation and other requirements is detailed in its Policy Statements.

Environment and Quality Policy Statement

Health & Safety Policy Statement

Objectives & Targets

Lerwick Port Authority has developed a set of clear objectives and targets for improvement and a documented management programme to achieve them, with regular reviews for monitoring and continual improvement. Further information is available on request.


Lerwick Port Authority has set procedures to continually evaluate compliance with environmental legislation covering the harbour’s operations, including waste management, effluents and discharges, noise, storage, contaminated land, climate change and nature conservation, and to be aware of proposed national and European legislation. Further information is available on request.