Aberdeen harbour powers ahead – Fishupdate.com

Aberdeen harbour powers ahead Published:  15 August, 2006

Aberdeen harbour’s record-breaking performance continues

THE port of Aberdeen’s record-breaking performance continued in the first half of this year, with further increases in the tonnage of cargo and vessels handled.

In the six months to end-June, the imports and exports passing through the harbour reached a new high at 2.49 million tonnes, compared with 2.29 million tonnes in the same period in 2005.

The tonnage of vessels was also a new record, at 11.38 million gross tonnes, up from 9.99 million gross tonnes. The figure reflects a rise in the number of vessels to 4,120 (3,850) and the larger ships using the port, where there are now 20 deep-water berths following the addition of two more at Albert Quay West earlier this year

Aberdeen Harbour Board Chief Executive, Colin Parker, said: “The figures are another clear demonstration of the port’s ability to attract and accommodate additional traffic. That capacity will be further strengthened by a current project creating 20,000 square metres of surfaced back-up area at Point Law Peninsula, and by other developments in the future.

“The higher price of oil has seen increased activity by many of our users, both in the North Sea and in exports to West Africa and the Caspian Region. It has not been all oil-related, however, and other sectors have also generated significant traffic through the port.”

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