Peterhead commercial port traffic soars

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PETERHEAD Port is preparing for another busy year, after a hugely successful 2011.

The Port handled a record 8.6 million tonnes of commercial shipping last year, with more than 2,500 vessels docking at the new Smith Quay embankment, and this year is set to be just as busy.

The number of subsea vessels calling at Peterhead in the first quarter of 2012 was up 95% on last year, contributing to an overall increase in commercial traffic of 22%.

Following the opening of the Smith Quay in October 2010, the Port has been actively targeting deep grafted vessels which are used in the oil and gas industry and require significant working space for mobilisation and require heavy lifting capabilities.

Chief Financial Adviser at Peterhead Port Authority Stephen Paterson said: “The Smith Quay is an ideal facility to meet these needs and as projects are successfully handled this encourages new business to the port. In addition local initiatives such as Peterhead Energy Hub demonstrate to potential clients the broad range of specialist marine and engineering trades available in Peterhead.”

“we are now seeing positive results from the marketing efforts to this sector. The current year promises to be a particularly busy period for offshore development work and we are now seeing positive results from the marketing efforts to this sector.”