Deep-water Lerwick Harbour is ready-made to service the renewable energy sector’s windfarm developments, offshore and onshore, with facilities, capability and Shetland’s experienced supply chain in place, thanks to more than 50 years of meeting the high standards and requirements established by the oil & gas industry.

The state-of-the art infrastructure includes:

  • Strategic, competitive location near potential offshore developments
  • 4,500+ metres of quays, including deep-water berths to 12.5m c.d.
  • Unique 800-tonnes-per-metre heavy duty line loading quayside at Dales Voe Base
  • Quayside heavy-lift capability to 60 tonnes per square metre
  • Clear approaches in excess of 30 metres’ water depth
  • Sheltered and unobstructed anchorages and moorings
  • All-weather port, with twin entrances and 24-hour operation
  • Existing 130,000 m² of quayside working areas, open storage and laydown, with major expansion potential
  • High-capacity craneage
  • Experienced supply chain


The port’s continuing evolution as a modern hub for the offshore industry simultaneously positions it as a service centre for windfarm activity.

An experienced, skilled and knowledgeable supply chain, delivering project support, logistics, engineering and fabrication, is in place.

Lerwick’s long track-record includes receiving large-scale components for storage, final assembly, commissioning and mobilisation for onward shipment to oil & gas fields.

It is particularly-suited for supporting floating windfarm projects, an area where growing Government and industry interest is increasing attention on what the harbour provides.

The deep-water berths, heavy-lift infrastructure and extensive quaysides for large scale projects are tried-and-tested.

The port offers field operators a base to manage work scopes within efficient transfer distances to wind farms in northern waters. For example, Marine Scotland’s plan for offshore wind energy and Crown Estate Scotland’s Scotwind Leasing includes acreage east of Shetland for windfarm development.

It has already supported delivery of materials for Shetland’s onshore energy projects and windfarms.

The Port Authority’s plans for an Ultra-Deep Water Quay at Dales Voe Base will be a game-changer for both the offshore industry and renewables, allowing large floating structures to be transferred directly to the quayside, supporting preparation for installation and maintenance.

It also supports the Orion Project (Opportunity for Renewables Integration with Offshore Networks) - a partnership between Shetland Islands Council / Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to help develop an Energy Hub concept which will deliver clean, sustainable energy, including powering offshore oil and gas platforms from shore and producing industrial quantities of hydrogen.

DeepWind Cluster

The Port Authority is a member of the DeepWind supply chain cluster representing the industry in Scotland and focusing on deeper water developments.

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Captain Calum A S Grains, M.N.I.

Captain Calum A S Grains, M.N.I.

Chief Executive


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