Ports and Harbours

DeepWind includes many of the main infrastructure players including ports and harbours as well as the supply chains behind these sites. Our port members cover not only all the sites along the coastline from Wick to Montrose but many of the West Coast, North Coast and Northern Isles ports and harbours.

DeepWind Infrastructure Members

Our port members come in all shapes and sizes and cover almost the whole sweep of the Scottish Coast with only a gap in the South East Coastal area which is covered by our sister cluster Forth and Tay Offshore. While all of our ports and harbours members are listed here we have used links to their own pages in Scottish Energy Ports Capability Directory where detailed information on quayside length, water depth and laydown areas is covered. There is also a factsheet for most of the 24 DeepWind ports and harbour members which can be downloaded from the Directory.
Many of our port members are either already involved in the wind industry acting as construction sites, manufacturing sites or as Operation and Maintenance Bases. Others are seeking such a role as offshore wind expands beyond the existing sites on the East Coast with the new sites which will soon be announced in the ScotWind leasing round.
Wherever possible we have indicated members forward development plans in our list below as these latest expansion plans may not be covered in the information on the Directory site.
Any developers, Tier 1 or supply chain companies who would like to contact our ports and harbours members can do so through DeepWind or through the contacts listed on the Directory web site.

Our ports and harbours members are listed by geography. Please use the jump menu to quickly go to the section you are most interested in.

East Coast West Coast North Coast and Northern Isles


East Coast

Wick Harbour

Wick Harbour

Wick Harbour is now the Operations and Maintenance hub for SSE's 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth. It is home to a small fleet of fast CTVs (Crew Transfer Vessels) used to ferry the wind turbine technicians out to the wind farm for routine maintenance and ad hoc repairs.
SSE have refurbished two old derelict buildings on the quayside, built in 1807 by famous civil engineer Thomas Telford, to serve as their operational base in Wick.

The refurbishment was carried out with special attention paid to the historic nature of the buildings and many of the original features were retained. This will serve as home to a new generation of engineers and technicians serving what will become one of the largest industries in Scotland over the coming decades. 

See the Wick Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for more detailed specification on the harbour's faculties using this link http://energy.scottishports.org.uk/ports/wick-harbour

Port of Nigg

Port of Nigg during Beatrice wind farm construction

Situated at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth in the North of Scotland the Port of Nigg has already see extensive use as a construction port for the wind industry. The multi use energy hub is owned and operated by Global Energy Group and their port services both the offshore wind and oil and gas industries.
The picture above was taken during the construction phase of SSE's 588MW Beatrice wind farm and shows blades and tower sections for the Siemens turbines. Completed towers stand at the quayside awaiting the return of the Pacific Orca construction ship.
The port has also been successful in winning further work on the huge 950MW Moray East project and will be home to DEME Offshore's heavy lift vessels for their substructure supply and installation contract for wind farm owners EDPR and ENGIE. The port will also act as the storage depot for these substructures. Global Energy Group will work closely with DEME Offshore to also deliver some of their scope of work over and above the use of the port for the substructure load out and storage.
The port is also in prime position to win further work from the next project in the pipeline which is EDPR/ENGIE's 850MW Moray West project also in the Moray Firth. 

See the Port of Nigg section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for more detailed specification on the port's faculties using this link http://energy.scottishports.org.uk/ports/nigg-energy-park

Port of Cromarty Firth


Situated in the sheltered deep waters of the Cromarty Firth, Port of Cromarty Firth (PoCF) has been very active in offshore wind developments in Scotland for a number of years. The Port was selected as the substructure storage and load-out facility for the Beatrice offshore wind farm and has also succeeded in securing a major contract from EDPR’s Moray East offshore wind farm.
PoCF has been selected as the construction and marshalling port for the Moray East project, hosting MHI Vestas onsite in 2020, who are supplying 100 x 9.5MW turbines. This contract was won off the back of a substantial £30m investment by PoCF, which will see the port expand its operational laydown area and deep-water quayside to accommodate a project of such scale. This investment has put the port in pole position to secure future work from the offshore wind industry.
The picture above shows DeepWind member Seaway 7's heavy lift vessel, the Stanislav Yudin now renamed the Seaway Yudin, at the port with a yellow jacket template structure on board for the Beatrice offshore wind farm. This was used to accurately place the 4 piles required for each jacket on the seabed at the Beatrice site ahead of the jacket installation. DeepWind member BiFab supplied 100 of these piles to Seaway 7.

See the Port of Cromarty Firth section on the Scottish Energy Ports website for a more detailed specification on the port's facilities using this link:http://energy.scottishports.org.uk/ports/port-of-cromarty-firth

Inverness Port


Lying at the head of the Inverness Firth, where it meets the River Ness, the Port of Inverness offers one of the most sheltered and natural ports in the North of Scotland. With limits extending from Fort George right up to the River Ness, the Port has been at the heart of the Renewables Industry in the Highlands. It has been used as the port of choice for many onshore wind farms in recent years, with well over 250 machines having been delivered through the Port for developments at Dornell, Dunmaglass, Rothes II, and Berryburn to name but a few. Users are attracted by the first-class facilities available including extensive laydown areas that are on offer.
The Port Authority owns an extensive area of foreshore, known as Harbour Gait, that extends to and beyond the Kessock Bridge. There is the opportunity to create first class facilities and the Port Authority have plans to reclaim this land. Upon reclamation, this area can provide up to 39ha (96acres) that is suitable for a number of different uses including expansion of the port, with increased laydown facilities together with being able to offer offshore and onshore wind related companies their own bespoke facilities.
The aerial photograph shows the extent of the current facilities as well as the Harbour Gait Area extending out from the Marina out to and beyond the Kessock Bridge.

See the Port of Inverness section on the Scottish Energy Ports website for a more detailed specification on the port's facilities using this link:https://energy.scottishports.org.uk/ports/port-of-inverness    


Ardersier Port


This ex-oil and gas yard lies just 12 miles along the A96 to the west of Inverness on the Cromarty Firth and about 5 miles from Inverness Airport. The photograph above is from when it was the McDermott platform fabrication yard in 1972 (image courtesy of Clowes Developments) and shows the layout of the site quite well. All of the buildings on the site have been cleared and there are over 340 acres of available laydown area along with a 1,000m of quayside.
The current owners of the site, the Clowes Developments, a UK property investment and development group, are looking at the opportunity to utilise this brown field site for future offshore wind projects linked to the ScotWind leasing round. Due to the sheer scale of the site it could lend itself to the fabrication and assembly of the largest of the planned substructures and it is being promoted by the owners as a multi-use site.
As the site is not listed on the Scottish Energy Ports site please contact Clowes Developments through the DeepWind cluster in the first instance or through their Edinburgh office. Contact details can be found here https://clowes.co.uk/contact/   


Buckie Harbour

Buckie Harbour, Moray

For over ten years Buckie Harbour has been home to an offshore wind O&M operation. It was chosen by the Beatrice Demonstrator project as the home for their twin hulled maintenance vessel.

See the Buckie Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties using this link http://energy.scottishports.org.uk/ports/buckie-harbour  

Macduff Harbour

Macduff Harbour

Fishing and commercial harbour on the Moray Firth coast in Aberdeenshire. Mainly used for fish and prawn landing from inshore fishing industry. Owner Aberdeenshire Council are planning some upgrades to the harbour as part of a 5 year regeneration plan of the area. The harbour has extensive available quayside berths but vessel length is limited to 61m but would be ideal for fast CTV (Crew Transfer Vessels) operations.  

See the Macduff Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties using this link

Fraserburgh Harbour

Fraserburgh Harbour, Aberdeenshire 

One of the largest fishing fleets in Scotland still operates out of Fraserburgh but it has now also joined a growing number of ports involved in the offshore wind industry. The Moray East project has named Fraserburgh as the preferred port for their O&M facility and vessels. This will see new jobs and new quayside facilities come to this Aberdeenshire harbour town to service one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world.
One of the key benefits from such activity is the longevity that accompanies such jobs as the wind farm will be part of Scotland's power infrastructure for a lifetime that is likely to exceed 20 years or more. Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners would like to build on this success by attracting more O&M work from the wind industry as it expands further on the East Coast of Scotland.

See the Fraserburgh Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties using this link http://energy.scottishports.org.uk/ports/fraserburgh-harbour

Peterhead Harbour

Peterhead Harbour south view

Peterhead Harbour, a trust port, is home to operations of two of the North Sea's main industries, fishing and oil and gas. It lays claim to the title of Europe's largest fishing port and is home to many of the vessels from the Scottish pelagic fishing fleet. In recent years the harbour has also become involved in the offshore wind industry and was one of the ports used by Equinor during the construction of the world first floating wind farm, the 30MW Hywind Scotland project.
Recent expansion of the port to the west of the 120m Smith Quay has added a further 32,000m2 of laydown area which is adjacent to the Merchant Quay with its 16,000m2 of land.

See the Peterhead Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties using this link https://energy.scottishports.org.uk/ports/port-of-peterhead

Aberdeen Harbour

Aberdeen South Harbour - artist's impression

As befitting the city with the title of the Energy Capital of Europe the harbour derives over 50% of its revenue from servicing the oil and gas industry in the UKCS (UK Continental Shelf). It is one of the busiest ports in the UK, with 6,500 vessels movements per annum, and so much so that they are now expanding the port with a new south harbour development in Nigg Bay. This new facility will consist of over 1,400m of quayside, 10.5m water depth and boast 125,000m2 of laydown area. With a completion date in 2022 the harbour authority expects their new South Harbour to play a key role in the development of offshore wind projects on the East Coast.

See the Aberdeen Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties using this link

Details of the new Aberdeen South Harbour are not yet included on the Scottish Energy Port s site but further information can be found on the Aberdeen Harbour's web site using this link

Montrose Port

Port of Montrose 

Montrose Port services the North Sea energy industry and the general cargo markets. SSE Renewables have selected Montrose as their base for operations and maintenance related work for Phase 1 of their Seagreen offshore wind farm. At 1075MW this will be the largest offshore wind farm in Scotland, when fully commissioned, and only the first of the three phases involved in the project with the others having capacities of 1,400MW and 900MW. Montrose will be the home of the SSE Operation and Maintenance Base for at least the next 25 years or more.

See the Port of Montrose section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties using this link


West Coast

Hunterston PARC

Hunterston PARC site

Port owners Peel Ports have put forward a Master Development Plan for the Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (PARC) site which will see it play a role in multiple industries which includes offshore wind and oil and gas decommissioning. The planned redevelopment will offer 700m of quayside and over 25 hectares of laydown area potentially earmarked for offshore wind from the total 100 hectare site.

Previously serving as Scotland's coal terminal for the coal fired power stations in the Central Belt it is seeking a new role in Scotland's energy landscape with the demise of all these power stations across Scotland. Offshore wind is coming to the West Coast of Scotland with the new ScotWind leasing round and Hunterston is now positioning itself for a leading role in this new opportunity in the West.

As part of this new lease of life they are working with the ORE Catapult and the University of Strathclyde to investigate the potential for floating wind substructure manufacturing in the port as well as offering marshalling services to the offshore wind sector.

See the Hunterston PARC web site for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties using this link

Campbeltown Harbour

Campbeltown Harbour showing tower section being loaded

The harbour currently serves as the transport hub for the UK's only wind turbine tower company, CS Wind, at Machrihanish. This has meant that the harbour's owners, Argyll and Bute Council, have had to invest alongside the tower manufacturer to keep pace with the demands on the harbour's infrastructure as the size of the wind turbines just got larger and larger. This has resulted in wider quaysides and stronger lift pads within the harbour to make it suitable for handling the largest industry tower sections.

It's position at the base of the Kintyre Peninsula on the West Coast means that it is well positioned to play a further role in the development of offshore wind as the ScotWind leasing process moves forward.

See the Campbeltown Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties using this link

Mallaig Harbour


Mallaig Harbour has diversified from it’s fishing heritage and now provides a range of services to the fisheries, aquaculture and tourism industries. Mallaig has good transport links, which has led to its development as a ferry terminal, with regular ferry sailings to Skye, the Small Isles and Lochboisdale.
MOWI harvest fish through Mallaig for onward processing in Fort William, and the port is a hub for the aquaculture industry, being well placed to service sites on the West Coast of Scotland, including the Outer Hebrides.

Mallaig Harbour Authority published their Masterplan in 2016, and this has been further strengthened by the results of a Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) advisory for the Armadale and Mallaig ferry terminals. The plans would see a new North Breakwater built, with additional deep-water berthing, and the relocation of the ferry terminal from its existing position within the Harbour. This will free up quay space on the existing Harbour and provide additional commercial opportunities along the new quay.

Mallaig’s central location on the West Coast of Scotland would make it an ideal Harbour to provide services to renewables sites on the West Coast and the harbour is keen to engage with the industry to incorporate any required infrastructure within the proposed Masterplan developments.   

See the Mallaig Harbour web site for a more detailed specification on the harbour's faculties using this link

 Kishorn Port


Kishorn Port is home to one of the largest dry dock facilities in Europe. It is strategically positioned on the West Coast and, at 80m, boasts one of the deepest channels in the UK in Loch Kishorn and Loch Carron. These two elements in close proximity makes Kishorn one of the ideal sites for floating wind related activity. Kishorn Port is owned and operated by Ferguson Transport and Leiths, who also have a quarry on the site. The owners have recently invested in a multi million pound upgrade of the 160m dry dock gates, seals and pumping system and laid a new access road down onto the floor of the dry dock (shown above).

See the Kishorn Port section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties using this link

Lochinver Harbour


Lochinver Harbour is home to many of the whitefish vessels from the UK, France and Spain that ply the water of the North West Coast, Rockall and the North Atlantic. It is one of the centres of fishing on the North West Coast and is situated in the Assynt district of Sutherland. Lochinver is also the home of Highland Council's Harbour division which manages the harbour and 7 other harbours in the Highlands area.

Its position in on the North West Coast has brought it to the attention of the offshore wind industry as a potential site for operations and maintenance activity due to its proximity to the planned projects in the forthcoming ScotWind leasing round with three major sites to the north of Lochinver. With over 400m of quayside and a minimum water depth of 5.5m it is an ideal harbour for the vessels required for early stage wind farm development work such as site, environmental and geotechnical surveys as well as for craft involved in the longer term operational and maintenance activity.    

Information on Lochinver Harbour can be found on Highland Council's web site using this link

Kinlochbervie Harbour

Kinlochbervie Harbour image courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland

With over 200m of quayside, not including the 150m stretch of quayside beside the Fish Market, Kinlochbervie Harbour, is another site of potential interest to the offshore wind industry given its proximity to the proposed sites in the forthcoming ScotWind leasing round on the North West Coast of Scotland.
The harbour is managed by Highland Council and is one of the most northerly harbours on the West Coast which is one reason why it is popular with fishing vessel covering the West Coast and the North Atlantic. This is another ideal harbour for the vessels required for early stage wind farm development work such as site, environmental and geotechnical surveys as well as for craft involved in the longer term operational and maintenance activity.       

Information on Kinlochbervie Harbour can be found on Highland Council's web site using this link

Stornoway Port

Stonoway Harbour

Stornoway Harbour serves multiple maritime sectors including ferry traffic, cruise liners, cargo, fishing, aquaculture and oil and gas. It is the main gateway onto Lewis and Harris in the Western Isles. CalMac, the ferry operator, run lifeline services to the mainland from Stornoway for passengers, cars and commercial traffic and Marine Scotland's Fishery Protection vessels (blue vessel in the background of the above photo) are regular visitors.
The Port Authority now plan to expand the port with a deep water facility on the opposite side of the bay to connect up to the nearby Arnish facility, run by BiFab, which is involved in fabrication for the offshore wind and oil and gas markets.
The Phase 1 plan will include a new berth for cruise ships up to 330m in length, 10m water depth and a separate Ro-Ro facility for a dedicated fright ferry.
Phases 2 and 3 will see the completion of a Deep Water Port with 800m of quayside and 29 hectares of laydown area. The aim is to have Phase 2 completed in time to allow Stornoway to take part in the development of the ScotWind leasing sites off the North Coast of Lewis    

Details of the Port Authority's Masterplan can be viewed as a PDF document using this link

Arnish Yard

BiFab's Arnish Fabrication Yard

See the Stornoway Port section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's existing faculties and information on the Arnish facility using this link

North Coast and Northern Isles 

Scrabster Harbour


Scrabster Harbour is a ferry terminal, inshore fisheries harbour, a base for oil and gas supply vessels and has also served the renewables tidal energy industry in the Pentland Firth. This multi use port has plans to extend its role in the energy sector by serving the next round of offshore wind sites in the ScotWind leasing round.
It completed the first phase of its expansion plans a few years ago with the £17.6m development of the Jubilee Quay in 2013 (seen top centre in the picture). The Harbour Authority now plans a further expansion with the redevelopment of the St Ola pier to create a modern 280m deep water berth along with seabed reclamation works to provide a new laydown and storage area in the south of the harbour.

Details of the expansion to the St Ola Pier can be found on the Scrabster Harbour web site here:

See the Scrabster Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's existing faculties

Stromness Harbour


Orkney Island Council's Marine Services own and manage most of the harbour infrastructure in the islands. Stromness is the most westerly harbour in their portfolio and is home to a number of maritime industries including inshore fishing, tourism and renewable energy. It is the ferry terminal for the mainland link to Scrabster. It's proximity to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) wave test site has meant that the harbour has been involved in this pioneering sector since 2003.
With Lyness and the planned deep water port at Scapa Marine Services believe that they have the right mix of infrastructure to service the new offshore wind sites which are planned for the area under the soon to launch ScotWind leasing round.

See the Stromness Harbour section on the Orkney Harbours web site for a more detailed specification on the port's existing faculties


Lyness with two wave devices at quayside

Part of the old naval base infrastructure Lyness has been upgraded by Marine Services over the last 12 years to service the wave energy industry as various devices were tested at the nearby European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). The above picture shows two large wave devices at the quayside.
Part of Orkney Island Council's current harbours development plan will see further investment at Lyness to increase the laydown area and strengthen the quaysides further to attract business form the oil and gas decommissioning market.

See the Lyness Harbour section on the Orkney Harbours web site for a more detailed specification on the port's existing faculties

Scapa Deep Water Quay

Plan for Scapa Deep Water Quay

The above illustration from the Orkney Island Council's Masterplan for their harbour redevelopment shows their ambitious £76m project to deliver a Deep Water Quay at the Scapa site in Scapa Flow, one of the largest natural sheltered harbours in the world. This will consist of over 600m of quayside with one 300m outer quay with 20m water depth. It will also have 12 acres of laydown area attached to the port site which could potentially be expanded further should demand be forthcoming.

The aim of the Deep Water Quay is to attract further cruise liner, oil and gas servicing and decommissioning work along with business from the offshore wind sector as the ScotWind project sites in the Orkney waters and Pentand Firth come to fruition in the next 5-10 years.

Details of the complete Masterplan for all Orkney Harbours sites can be downloaded from their web site using the following link

Lerwick Harbour

Lerwick Harbour Authority - image John Coutts 

The main harbour of the Shetland Islands, Lerwick Harbour, has seen significant investment by the Port Authority in extending quayside, upgrading hardstanding areas and developing completely new area of the port such as the deep water quayside at Dales Voe. The port is home to the northern pelagic fishing vessel fleet, is a main service base for the oil and gas sector and is now involved in delivering major decommissioning projects for the same sector.
It has been identified as the top candidate for the UK's Ultra Deep Water Decommissioning facility and is awaiting the necessary contracts to trigger such a significant investment.
The potential for a major site from the ScotWind leasing round to be off the east coast of the Shetland Islands has stimulated interest in utilising Lerwick Harbour's extensive infrastructure for offshore wind and floating offshore wind in particular. Although there is currently only one proposed site in the Shetland area there is the opportunity of further sites coming along from subsequent Scotwind leasing rounds. There are also new opportunities arising from the UKCS Energy Transition projects from the planned electrification of the oil and gas platforms in the Northern North Sea using offshore wind.

See the Lerwick Harbour section on the Scottish Energy Ports web site for a more detailed specification on the port's faculties.


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