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Kirkwall - Hatston Pier
Latitude: 59º 00'N
Longitude: 02º 59'W
Ownership: Orkney Islands Council
Usage: Ferry Terminal
Contact name: Capt. Nigel Mills, Director of Harbours
Address: Harbour Authority Building, Scapa, Orkney, KW15 1SD
Telephone no: 01856 873636
About Kirkwall - Hatston Pier2003 saw the completion of deeper water port facilities a little around the bay at Hatston. Only some of the 70 cruise ships that call into Kirkwall each year could previously berth at the quayside. Others had to anchor in the bay and transfer passengers to dry land on tenders. The pier at Hatston means this far fewer now need to do so, and it also serves the larger NorthLink Ferries that replaced the long-standing P&O services to Aberdeen and Lerwick.
A 160m extension to the existing 225m pier was officially opened at the end of April 2013, making Hatston pier the longest commercial deepwater berth in Scotland. This extension attracted considerable funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
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