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elcome to Peterhead Port Authority’s first handbook heralding the beginning of the UK’s newest Trust Port, occasioned by the merger of the former Peterhead Harbour Trustees and the Peterhead Bay Authority. The combination of the port’s assets has come at a time of strong growth in the oil sector and record price returns in the fishing. Both sectors have witnessed immediate benefits through improved flexibility as regards available quay space and conducting their operations in a climate of single administration. This has improved the efficiency of port calls in terms of turnaround time, cost and management. The new Authority has worked tirelessly to ensure a seamless

change for their customers and staff. Harbour maintenance has been a top priority in ensuring a structurally sound, sustainable and safe working environment. Reinvestment in the fish processing units it leases out and purchasing strategic sites have assisted in underpinning one of the port’s primary objectives of maintaining its well earned status as the country’s premier fishing port. With landings in excess of £107 million, split evenly between demersal and pelagic species, the Authority is constantly vigilant to the diverse and changing needs of this industry. Amongst its plans in the near future is a £20 million major civil engineering infrastructure project that will deliver additional deep and sheltered berthing with a significant area of back up landside. This

development will form the central axis around which a Master Plan blue print will emerge which graphically details the strategic medium and long-term objectives of the port. As a Trust Port all of the company’s profits are reinvested to manage, maintain and support this Master Plan and therefore in turn our businesses, stakeholders and customers. We look forward to a very bright future, secure in the knowledge that the port has sound governance, is a safe and environmentally conscious concern and embraces the opportunity the future holds for the port, the town and those we serve.

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N historic decision to bring the port operations of Peterhead under one single Authority has delivered a host of benefits to port users and stake holders, and opened an exciting new chapter for the Port of Peterhead. Peterhead already holds a leading position in Europe for both demersal and pelagic fishing and as the most easterly deepwater port on the Scottish mainland it plays a critical role in servicing the busy North Sea oil industry.


By combining the strengths of the former Peterhead Bay Authority and Peterhead Harbour Trustees, the new Peterhead Port Authority can further build its activities in these two key sectors whilst continuing to explore other market opportunities. Peterhead now offers a much larger “pool” of berths and other resources, so that facilities can always be found for potential users. The port is being marketed with a common identity and, of course, there are clear cost savings from combining and sharing functions such as

operational and marine services, pilotage, vessel traffic services (VTS) and port control. The creation of one trust responsible for the operation, management and development of the whole port formally took place on January 1, 2006. Integration of the two different organisations will be largely complete by early 2007, when Peterhead Port Authority is due to relocate to newly built offices next to the port control buildings at West Pier. At present, the £6+ million turnover of the Peterhead Port Authority is split fairly



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INTRODUCTION MERGER INCREASES PETERHEADS ADVANTAGE Bringing the port facilities of Peterhead under one Authority has huge benefits for port users and the wider community, says William Mackie, convener of the Peterhead Port Authority. evenly between its property portfolio,

the port. In particular, Halcrow’s study

oil and fish. Historically, the north side

will consider issues such as the shortage of

of the harbour has been primarily fishing

available land, the need for more

and ship repair related, while the south

sheltered deepwater berthing and ways

side has been more focused on oil and

of developing more quayside facilities.

offshore activities. However, one of the key strategic

All stakeholders – from port users to local authorities, engineering and

reasons behind the merger is the need

painting companies to community bodies

to diversify. Fish on the one side and

– will be consulted on an ongoing basis

oil on the other currently balance each

regarding the future direction of

other – and there is more opportunity

the Port of Peterhead.

to use all of the berths in a more

Investment needs must be prioritised

coordinated way. Other markets are

then the optimised project proposal

being pursued and developed in order

will be subject to detailed design and

to smooth out any sectoral downturns.

technical work, with a view to starting

Diversification must go further. In many ways, the economy of the town of

construction in 2008. What is clear is that Peterhead’s

Peterhead revolves around the success

outstanding range of facilities, including

of our port and that means it is essential

cargo handling, fish processing, ship

that the Port Authority moves ahead to

repair and oil support, together with a

stabilise the existing business, attract in

really positive approach to customer

other types of income streams, and build

service, is scoring top marks with the

an integrated development strategy for

port’s users.

the port’s future development. To tackle this challenge, infrastructure

Now, as a single operation, Peterhead Port Authority can offer increased

development consultant Halcrow has

flexibility, better efficiency and a

been appointed to consider the options

carefully planned expansion to cater for

for an initial £20 million investment at

future demand.

“As a trust port, our activities must be beneficial to the whole community – that is imperative,” he says. “The port has always been a major employer and the town is heavily dependent upon our industry and activity. “For every fisherman that went to sea, it was said there were eight to ten jobs ashore. And on the other side, the oil-related sector as a major employer is equally important. “Merging the two port authorities has brought enormous advantages. On the marine side, we have a much broader range of facilities at our disposal, where one side or the other may previously have had to turn away work. Now we have a bigger base to operate from and more flexible quay space and integrated services. “The merger also means that the highs and lows of the different sectors can be ironed out”. The next step, says Mr Mackie, is to take stock of where the port is in terms of the services it offers and facilities available and consider the way forward with future developments. “There are clearly some crucial decisions to be made in the coming years. We must look at where we want to be in 10 to 20 years’ time. We must use what we have and look for new avenues in order to generate revenue for the port and the community.’ Peterhead is a trust port, thus all of its profits are re-invested back into the port to manage, maintain and develop its facilities.




Port Authority Management (from left to right): Back row: Andrew Cowe (Assistant Harbour Master), David Buchan (Senior Port Engineer), Jerry Ewart (Senior Assistant Harbour Master), Front row: Stephen Paterson (Chief Financial OfďŹ cer), John Wallace (Chief Executive),Tom Hemingway (Harbour Master & Director of Port Operations)

The Peterhead Port Authority

Candidates are assessed using criteria

trust ports. The Board is responsible for the

board has 11 members, one of

established to achieve and maintain a

whom is Chief Executive,

balance of board membership in terms

appointment of the Convener and

John Wallace.

of skills, experience, local knowledge,

Deputy Convener, and usually meets 11

specialities and demographic balance,

times a year.

Board members are appointed directly by the Authority through an open and

following the principles and guidelines

advertised recruitment process.

laid down by the government for

The Convener is William Mackie.

Contact Details: Peterhead Port Authority, Harbour OfďŹ ce, West Pier, Peterhead AB42 IDW Telephone: 01779 483600 Fax: 01779 475715 Web: Email:




ETERHEAD Bay Harbour lies between Keith Inch to the north and Salthouse Head to the south. Its sheltered waters are protected by the North Breakwater extending 400 metres south-south-west from Keith Inch, and by the South Breakwater extending


750 metres north-east from Salthouse Head. The port offers a deepwater entrance and berthing to a maximum depth of 14 metres. One of Peterhead’s key strengths is its unique ability in north-east Scotland to accommodate and offer safe facilities to very large vessels, which do not have to wait for

high water. The largest vessel to be accommodated at the port so far is the 127,553 dwt tanker Kitty Knutsen, which has called several times in the past two years. The port’s wide range of facilities is split between two areas to the north and south of the harbour. General berthing is available







DETAILS and there are specialist facilities for the offshore oil and gas support sector, for the fishing industry, and for handling tankers. The port also has the benefit of a thriving ship repair operation in the northern harbour, including a “Syncrolift”, which allows vessels of up to 2,000 tonnes to be lifted out of the water for repair, painting and maintenance. As well as its two major areas of activity, fishing and offshore support, Peterhead handles a significant volume of bulk cargoes, which include grain, oilseed rape, stone, peat, fertiliser, animal feedstuffs, fresh and frozen fish, fuel oil

visitor attractions within easy reach, it

Glasgow and England is now fully dualled

and road salt.

has hopes for a further increase in this

thus enabling the rapid transfer of road


freight between Peterhead and supply,

The port benefits from immediate access to the trunk road network,

Peterhead Port Authority has an

with no quayside or road congestion.

experienced and loyal workforce of 50

Seawards, its proximity to the major

operating Europe’s busiest fishmarket,

North Sea oil and gas fields is a critical

ship repair facilities and harbour operations.

advantage. As a trust port, Peterhead also takes its responsibilities seriously when

distribution and manufacturing centres throughout the UK.

Air - Aberdeen Airport is situated at Dyce, on the northwest side of the city


it comes to the leisure side of the

and only 45 minutes by road from the Port of Peterhead. As well as numerous regular

business. In the southern part of the

Road - Peterhead is linked by the A90

scheduled flights between Aberdeen and

harbour, the port has invested heavily in

trunk road to Aberdeen and increasing

London (Heathrow, Luton and Gatwick)

its busy marina – and it also has a

lengths of this 56 kilometres (35 miles)

there are scheduled services between

statutory obligation to protect the

road have been upgraded or dualled.

Aberdeen and all of Britain’s major cities.

adjacent lido beach, a much-treasured

Intermediate towns and villages have been

International direct flights to cities in

local facility for the town.

bypassed improving access and reducing

Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands,

The cruise industry has also

journey times to the nearest centre for

Ireland and France are also available

recognised what Peterhead has to offer

rail and air communications. A western

from Aberdeen.

and the port has handled a number of

by-pass of Aberdeen is planned during

Expansion and modernisation of

cruise calls. With stunning scenery, golf

the next few years. Beyond Aberdeen

Aberdeen Airport has developed along

courses and a number of high-profile

the A90 through to Dundee, Edinburgh,

with the North Sea oil industry and it is consequently the major centre for helicopters engaged in oil industry support work.

Rail - The rail network links Aberdeen Railway Station to all major cities around the UK and high speed trains have reduced journey times between Aberdeen and London (878 kilometres/ 546 miles) to seven hours.



(Phase II) 80,000m2 S

Dredge to -10.0m




New 200m Quay and 13,000m2 Reclamation


Extension to Existing Albert Quay Breakwater Dredge to -12.5m














HUGE advantage of merging the two former port authorities into one is the ability to plan ahead – as a single unit. For the first time, a common strategy and master plan for the long-term development of Peterhead can now be formulated to address the port’s significant expansion plans. Halcrow Group were


appointed to look at the present and future development potential of the port and draw up priorities for a major development. As part of this work, the consultants spoke to the full compliment of clients and potential port users across the whole spectrum of activity, to establish how the use of the port is likely to change over the coming years: i.e. will

sector vessels get larger or smaller? Will their numbers increase or decline? How much deepwater berthing, quayside space or warehousing will be required? How will increasing demand for storage or space for major fabrication work be met? Is there an opportunity to develop the roll-on/roll-off berth for which there have been several enquiries in recent years? Are






FUTURE there opportunities to handle container services? Does the port have a future in offshore oil and gas decommissioning? The result of the consultation exercise afforded the Board a clear way forward and assisted the discussion on which infrastructure developments to prioritise in order to meet as many of the requirements as possible. An investment of around

£25 million is envisaged to address the four key areas of fishing, oil, fabrication and general cargo. The port Authority recognises this unique opportunity whereby it begins its new role with essentially a blank canvass and the utmost care must be exercised to ‘get it right first time’. Any development undertaken by the Board will

be cognisant of the need to phase its progress to allow for any unforeseen hiccups in their business operations. The proposed development incorporates 200 metres of sheltered, deepwater berthing with adjacent working area of 13,000 square metres. The technical and economic viability of the project is being tested through a number of studies.


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DEVELOPMENTS What is certain is that there will be some difficult, interesting and important decisions ahead. Priorities will be decided in 2007. This will give a year for detailed design and technical studies to be carried out including wave dynamics and engineering design, before actual construction work can be scheduled for early 2008. Alongside this consultation exercise,

the needs of the offshore industry.

Royal Jetty at a cost of £5.2 million

and experienced in refurbishment, valves,

offering three additional berths for

turbines and to handle and manage

oil-related and bulk cargo vessels.

waste – waste management will be one of the most important issues in decommissioning, since the reputation of the oil companies is always of prime consideration. All of these opportunities

the port has carried out a detailed study

will be considered in drawing up plans

into the opportunities in offshore oil

for the future.

and gas decommissioning and the role Peterhead could play in response to the North Sea fields reaching the end of their useful life. Peterhead has a number of competitive advantages which it could exploit in

1993/94 Construction of Princess

There are several companies equipped

CAPITAL DEVELOPMENTS During the past 20 years the port

Construction of Peterhead Bay Marina providing purpose-built facilities for the leisure sailor.

1998 Joint provision with ASCO of an additional 2,500 tonne capacity fresh water storage tank and upgraded delivery system to improve vessel bunkering rates at South Base.

1998/2001 Construction of a protective wave wall along the seaward edge of the North Breakwater in a £1.1

has developed into one of the foremost

million investment.

bases for servicing the fishing and

2000 Completion of Merchant’s Quay

offshore oil and gas industries. This has

with 200 metres berthing for fishing

been achieved through a number of

vessels and additional 120 metres

reclamation project would almost

strategic investments to provide modern

berthing on the finger jetty which is

certainly be needed.

facilities that meet client’s needs and

used principally by pelagic vessels.

expectations. New projects are designed

2001 Completion of a 2,850 square

and fields is Peterhead’s biggest selling

to ensure that the legacy of opportunity

metre modern temperature controlled

point. The large vessels used for offshore

enjoyed in the past is passed onto future

fish market at a cost of £3.5 million on

lifts are very expensive and often in


Merchants Quay. Provision of a

responding to this opportunity – but space is at a premium, and here a

Proximity to the oil and gas platforms

short supply, so for decommissioning operators, time is money and any operation will need to be efficient. Not only is Peterhead very close to

1991 Completion of the £18 million Albert Quay which provides 340 metres of all-weather deep-water berthing.

Synchrolift ship repair facility with an adjacent covered berth that can accommodate the largest ships in the UK demersal fleet, at a cost of £4.4 million.

the major oil and gas fields, but it also

It is used for pelagic fish landings, oil

has the experience and advantage of

related traffic, handling bulk cargoes, fuel

Post to accommodate the import of frozen

skilled labour that already understands

imports and other trades.

fish from countries outside the EU.

Construction of a Border Inspection









MHWS is 3.8 metres above chart datum
















QUAY FACTS SOUTH BASE The South Base acts as the centre of ASCO’s Peterhead operations. It has a total of 11 berths across the South Base Quay, South Breakwater and Princess Royal Jetty. The South Base Quay has five berths including Berth 8 which incorporates a 500 tonne heavy lift pad and is suitable for roll-on/roll-off use. All major chemical contractors are represented at the base for the supply of mud and cement materials. Several have quayside facilities for the storage and distribution of their products. Water is

available for loading at up to 100 tonnes per hour, and four vessels can load at the same time. Loading, offloading and bunkering can all be carried out at the same time. The granite-built South Breakwater provides four berths. Fuel, fresh water and bulk chemicals and cement are available by road tanker. The berths are used by commercial shipping and as general layby facilities. The South Base was designed from the start to enable the fast and efficient turnround of

vessels supplying and servicing the offshore oil and gas sector. It offers both covered and open storage; its berths are protected by purpose-made Balmoral fenders.

of 14 metres. The breakwater also incorporates a purpose-built rig mooring system designed to accommodate drilling rigs and platforms.Yokohama fenders are available for deployment when required.Vessels of up to 250 metres in length and 96,000 dwt have been handled at the breakwater. The North Breakwater is protected by a wave wall which was constructed in 2001 and greatly improved availability of berthing in poor weather. The breakwater has been used by a number of cruise ships calling at the port so that

passengers visits to local attractions is more efficiently handled. The North Base Jetty berth 18 was refurbished in 2003 and a new fender system installed.

NORTH BASE The North Base is also operated by ASCO and provides a wide range of services for the construction and hook-up sectors of the offshore industry. The base offers heavy crane capacity, deepwater berthing, open storage and ready access to engineering and fabrication services. Three berths are available at the North Breakwater and there is an additional berth at the North Base Jetty. The North Breakwater, like the South Breakwater, is of granite construction. It has a 17 metre wide working area and minimum depth alongside

TANKER JETTY The Tanker Jetty was originally designed to accommodate oil tankers of up to 50,000 dwt, with a draft of 11.5 metres and length of 280 metres, delivering fuel oil to Peterhead Power Station. The Tanker Jetty berth is also used for the servicing of North Sea supply vessels, diving support vessels, survey vessels and

cruise ships. It is available for vessel repair and maintenance, and also used for other activities such as crew changes. The jetty is regularly used for demonstrating or testing remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and other equipment, and accommodates offshore rigs for IRM and mobilisation work. Fresh water is available at the jetty.

PRINCESS ROYAL JETTY The Princess Royal Jetty was built just over 10 years ago to meet increasing demand for berthing of offshore oil and gas support vessels. The 170-metre-long jetty has three berths with depths of up to 7 metres, all serviced with fuel and water. Berths 2 and 3, on the eastern side, are operated by ASCO within the South Base. Berth 1, on the western side,


is operated by Peterhead Port Authority. It has 3,200 square metres of surfaced storage area which is available for the handling of bulk and general cargoes, including fertiliser, grain, peat and frozen fish. A Border Inspection Post is located at the Princess Royal Jetty where there is also a weighbridge and sampling gantry for use in handling grain or fertiliser in bulk.

A New Chapter Ahead QUAY FACTS ALBERT QUAY Completed at cost of £18 million in 1991, Albert Quay, including East Quay, provides 340 metres of all-weather deepwater berthing for larger whitefish and pelagic fishing vessels. It is also used for handling bulk cargoes, oil imports and other trades. Sheltered deepwater berthing and heavy lift capability make Albert Quay one of the best facilities in northeast Scotland for project cargo. Quayside fabrication projects can also

be accommodated. Albert Quay also provides additional capacity for the oil industry, including diving support vessels. It has 9 metres water depth and the quay is 30 metres wide. East Quay is situated at the east end of Albert Quay. A processing factory, freezing facilities and a cold store are located on the quay and large volumes of pelagic fish landings take place in this area. A weighbridge and grain sampling gantry is also available.

MERCHANTS QUAY Merchants Quay is one of the Port Authority’s most recent investments. Built in 2000 directly opposite Albert Quay. It offers 200 metres of berthing for fishing vessels discharging into the new fish market

and an additional 60 metre finger jetty allowing berthing on both sides. The finger jetty is used principally by pelagic vessels. Water depths are up to 6.2 metres at the quay and up to 9 metres at the finger jetty.

SOUTH HARBOUR South Harbour is a 350 metre working quay with minimum depth of 3 metres. Deeper drafted vessels can enter on high water spring tides. The maximum length of vessel which can enter South Harbour is 92 metres.

A flake ice factory is located on the east side of South Harbour, while the Port Control Tower and harbour administration offices are situated on West Pier at the entrance to South Harbour.

NORTH HARBOUR North Harbour is entered from South Harbour through a junction canal (Queenie Brig) which is spanned by a lifting bridge restricting vessels to a 10.5m beam and has 720 metres of quay. The port’s ship repair

facilities, including the shiplift and covered repair berth, are located in Alexandra Basin within North Harbour. The water depth is between 2.7 and 3.0 metres Chart Datum.

PORT HENRY HARBOUR Accessed via North Harbour, Port Henry Harbour offers 740 metres of quay with water depths varying from two to three metres Chart Datum. The ship repair slipway

capable of handling four vessels up to 30 metres long, and 7.2 metres beam is located here, which is also home to a tube ice factory and a number of engineering workshops.


Foreword OIL


S the most easterly deepwater port on the Scottish mainland, Peterhead has played a very important role in the development, logistics, servicing and maintenance of the North Sea’s offshore industry. The port is close to the major oil and gas fields of the Northern and Central North Sea – and in response to this

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favourable location, a major logistical support base has grown up at Peterhead. The ever-increasing price of crude oil has ensured that activity in the North Sea has remained buoyant in recent years. Peterhead has been attracting oil support vessels in record numbers, by offering deep and sheltered berthing, fast turnrounds, ample quayside space and facilities for mobilisation, onshore

storage, heavy lifts and fabrication work. In 2005 Peterhead handled 1,700 calls by offshore support vessels, most of them measuring 70 to 80 metres in length. A total of 16 berths across two purpose-built oil support bases meet the very tough demands of the offshore sector – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Separately to the bases,

A New Chapter Ahead OIL


ROLE Albert Quay is also an excellent facility for accommodating the large offshore and diving support vessels as is the Tanker Jetty on occasions. ASCO, the leading supplier of logistics services to operators in the North Sea, uses Peterhead as its main logistics hub. The company has invested in upgrading and improving its facilities at the port and continues to secure new contracts, hosting many major clients.

ASCO has many years of experience in providing managed supply chain solutions to the international oil and gas sector and other related industries. Its key services include logistics, fuels, lubricants, chemical distribution and waste management and environmental services. Although it is now an international operating company, ASCO has always had its roots in Scotland – it was originally founded in Aberdeen,

40 years ago. Today, its Peterhead base is a well-established facility that has served the Central and Northern North Sea for more than quarter of a century. ASCO recently demonstrated its commitment to the port with a ÂŁ750,000 investment in the redevelopment of its main warehousing complex at the South Base, and more investment is on the way. Over 160 people are employed by

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OIL Magnus Penguins


Don Eider




Murchison Deveron Osprey N.Cormorant Hudson



NW Hutton

Merlin Brent

S.Cormorant Pelican










Troll Alwyn N



Ellon Shiehallion/Loyal

Dunbar Grant

Foinaven Nuggets Bressey

Frigg Bruce Mariner Ness Nevis S Buckland Skene Gryphon Tullich


Brae East Beinn Brae North Kingfisher

Brae West/Sedgewick Thelma

Scapa Highlander

Captain Blake Ross Beatrice


Piper Iona Tartan

Saltire Chanter





Beryl A Tay

Brae Central Brae South Birch

Miller Larch


Dunbarton Toni Balmoral Scott Stirling Blenheim Petronella Telford Rob Roy Galley Ivanhoe Cyrus Beauly Alba Atlantic Moira Renee/Rubie Britannia Macculloch Andrew Goldeneye Tweedsmuir

Ettrick Buzzard


Brodgar Forties

Armada Brimmond Nelson Everest


Dauntless/Durward Kittiwake Mallard

Montrose Arbroath Gannet

Guillemot/Teal Triton


Arkwright Lomond Machar Shearwater


Cook Banff Kyle Curlew Beechnut


Elgin Franklin


Judy Joanne Puffin

Janice Leven

Fulmar James Auk

Clyde Ardmore Iris


Flora Angus Fergus

OIL ASCO in Peterhead.

the North and South breakwaters. Fuel

cleaning, processing of cuttings, tanker

With the benefit of Peterhead’s

and water is available at all berths at the

services, hazardous waste treatment,

sheltered deepwater harbour with no

South Base and at the North Base Jetty.

disposal and product recovery. Transport

tidal restrictions, ASCO’s operations are

The North breakwater quayside can

services include waste containment, bulk

backed by plenty of quayside, a range of

accommodate vessels up to 250 metres

removals and legal compliance.

warehousing solutions and a

in length and up to 96,000 dwt;


well-trained, experienced workforce.

FUEL: ASCO Fuel & Lubricants

has already established itself as a vital

The company’s Peterhead Base is

division provides a range of services

support system to the offshore oil and

actually made up of two complementary

both for land and marine customers,

gas sector; it is also perfectly located,

bases. The North Base is ideal for the

including marine gas oil at both bases,

equipped and experienced to support

support of construction and heavy

derv and kerosene at the North Base,

the renewable energy sector, and is

lift operations, while the South Base

and lubricants at the South Base.

actively encouraging local wave, wind

provides a valuable storage area, which


and biofuel power generation projects.

eliminates congestion on the bases and

range of dry bulk, cement and liquid

provides a range of cost-effective

mud products are available at the South

handling the import of wind turbines;

solutions to meet clients’ storage needs.

The port has proved its expertise in

Base – these are supplied at four berths,

ASCO successfully handled seven wind

A number of offshore operators

all of which have fuel and water, so that

turbines shipped from Germany for a

and support companies operate from

movement within the port is minimised.

nearby wind farm project.

ASCO’s Peterhead facilities, including

STORAGE: ASCO has over 200,000


ExxonMobil, Talisman, Marathon, Apache,

square feet of secure, covered storage

is getting ready for the construction of

ADTI, Global Santa Fe, ENI, Aquatic, BP

at Peterhead. Most of this is within

the world’s first industrial-scale project

and CNR.

the supply bases at the port, with the

to generate electricity using hydrogen

balance on a separate site at Upperton,

manufactured from natural gas, to create

which is less than a mile away.

“decarbonised fuels” – this “carbon capture”

ASCO adopts a flexible approach, tailoring services to the specific needs of the client – so its activities can range

Half of the 60-acre Upperton is

concept reduces carbon dioxide

from provision of basic resources

developed as an external storage and

emissions by about 90%. If this £500

through to a fully integrated logistics

pipeyard facility, with the rest zoned for

million project goes ahead it will put

service that includes material handling,

industrial development and available for

Peterhead firmly on the map and is

transport and shipment.

future expansion.

expected to attract many high-profile

BERTHING: A total of 16 working


visitors from around the world. The

berths are available across ASCO North

subsidiary Enviroco offers waste

construction phase will be a very busy

Base and ASCO South Base, with water

management. These services can be

period for the town and port with up to

depth ranging from 6 to 14 metres.

divided into three categories. Offshore

1,000 jobs created during construction.

there is training, segregation of waste

The project is being promoted by a

available on the South Base, while up to

Heavy lift capacity of 250 tonnes is

offshore and compliance monitoring and

joint venture involving BP, Scottish and

1,000 tonnes can be handled on both

support. Onshore services include tank

Southern Energy and others.




ETERHEAD is renowned and accredited as the UK’s largest whitefish port and it is also in the top league in European terms. Despite some tough years, with the much-publicised challenges of quota cuts and the enforced decommissioning of fishing vessels, that reputation remains as strong as ever. The port has successfully diversified to make up for a lower volume of whitefish, handling larger volumes of pelagic fish and langoustines (shellfish). The result was a record year in 2006, when the total value of fresh fish handled through Peterhead was the highest ever, at over £100 million. Half of this was pelagic species, mainly herring and mackerel, and the rest was whitefish, including cod, haddock, coley

and monkfish, and also shellfish. As well as its leading position in whitefish, Peterhead is now the UK’s number one pelagic fish port, overtaking Shetland. Fish values handled at the port continue to climb, and with consumers ever more aware of the value of fish in their diet, there is strong demand from buyers for good quality fresh fish, which helps to keep prices high. Landing the fish is one thing, processing it is a huge industry that needs highly specialist staff and facilities. Peterhead’s modern chilled fishmarket, fish processing centres, cold stores and freezing plants all help to maintain top-quality fish landings. The sector is also supported by a broad network onshore with icemaking operations trawler management, fish selling agents,

ship repair services and engineering companies. During the past 20 years there has been significant investment in state-of-the-art facilities and support services to meet the needs of the fishing industry at Peterhead. This has included providing more deepwater quayside, building a large, new temperature controlled fishmarket, and investing in a Syncrolift with covered ship repair facility. A few years ago, £70 million worth of whitefish was landed every year at Peterhead. That may have been knocked back by extraneous circumstances as the figures show, the growth in the pelagic catch has compensated and the port continues to manage and invest in this resource. Ongoing investments in processing facilities and increasing capacity at the port,


Peterheads fishing industry consists of three basic categories of species landed, - Demersal, Pelagic and Shellfish

The landings apportioned as follows (2006) Demersal - 40% Volume, £52,353,000 Value Pelagic - 57% Volume, £49,072,000 Value Shellfish - 3% Volume, £6,301,000 Value

Demersal Landings, otherwise known as whitefish consist of: Haddock 39%, Cod 20% Whiting 10% Flatfish 7% Monk 7% Coley 6% All others 11%

Pelagic Landings, otherwise called oily fish consist of: Herring - 31% Volume, 17% Value Mackerel - 69%Volume, 83% Value

Shellfish Landings are almost all Nephrops





IN FISHING combined with higher prices, have resulted in a 560% increase in the value of the pelagic species handled through Peterhead in just five years. Four companies have large

pelagic fish processing and freezing factories located within the port – Lunar, Pelagic

Seafoods Ltd). A fifth company, Croan, is situated just off the quayside.Together they process

Freezing (Scotland), Fresh Catch and Alexander Buchan Ltd (part of Denholm

more pelagic fish than any other port in the UK. Peterhead port is open for


FISHING business in all sectors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a critical advantage when serving the fishing industry. Up to 80 trawlers regularly land at the port. Whitefish is landed by local vessels from as far away as Grimsby,

fish continue to push up demand. Peterhead is well equipped to meet

landed go direct through this factory for primary processing and freezing, either

that growth in the market, with a turnover

whole or in fillets. Machine-cut fillets

valued at nearly £50 million worth of

are produced at the quayside facility, and

pelagic fish a year.

the company has a second factory just

The North Sea and North Atlantic

outside the town for hand-cut fillets.

Shetland, Denmark and the Faroes. In

are considered the best areas in the

the pelagic sector, ships land at

world for catching high-quality herring

for 9,000 tonnes of fish – 6,000 tonnes

Peterhead from Shetland, Norway, the

and mackerel. Demand is very high

in its main cold store, and 1,500 tonnes

Faroes, Iceland, Poland, Denmark,

from the UK market and also exports

at each of the factory sites.

Sweden and Ireland.

to over 50 countries including Germany,

Fish is also consigned to Peterhead for sale from Scrabster, Ullapool, Mallaig, Lochinver and elsewhere in Scotland.

Lunar has total cold storage capacity

The entire operation is fully integrated,

the Netherlands, Denmark, France,

offering a “one-stop-shop” from sea to

Japan, China, Korea and Russia.

customer. The customers themselves

Fresh Catch is based in Peterhead

include secondary processors –buying

Skippers are eager to consign fish to

and operates from the UK’s largest

the fish for smoking, breading or other

Peterhead to achieve top prices.

mainland integrated pelagic processing

“added value” – and also retailers,

facility. Their quayside location allows

buying the fish to sell fresh or frozen.

Peterhead Port Authority directly

Lunar’s two pelagic fishing vessels,

operates the Merchants Quay Fish

fish to be pumped directly from the

Market. This 2,850 square metre modern

vessel to the state of the art processing

Lunar Bow (built 2000) and Lunar

temperature-controlled facility was built

area. Landings are processed quickly

Pathway (built 2003) are each about

at a cost of £3.5 million in 2001. A year

and efficiently to achieve the freshest

70 metres long and are crewed by ten

earlier, the newly constructed Merchants

product. The factory surpasses all quality

men each. They are high-volume,

Quay was opened; this 200 metre quay

control standards thus ensuring the

high-powered vessels and typically

has 160 metres directly serving the

finished product meets clients exacting

travel 240 miles from the port on an

fish market. Together, these facilities

requirements. Customers are serviced

average 24-hour fishing trip for herring

cost around £10 million – confirming

world wide through a combination of

and mackerel. However, they go much

Peterhead’s position as the UK’s finest

bulk cargo exports by ship from

further – 200 to 300 miles into the

state-of-the-art fish market.

Peterhead and utilising the group fleet of

Atlantic from the west coast of Scotland

five temperature controlled trucks. Cold

– for blue whiting.

Fish are auctioned in the market five days a week, starting at 7.00 am – but

storage capacity at the site is 17,000

because the entire market facility is

tonnes, with plans to extend this by an


refrigerated, fish can be landed at

additional 8,000 tonnes during 2007.

From box washing facilities to fresh

any time.

Brain Food

Another major pelagic company

water and ice, the full range of services

involved is Lunar, a family-owned

required by the fishing industry is

business established in the 1950s. Lunar

offered within the port. Fuel is available 24 hours a day, seven

Whether it helps us to lose weight or

has its head office and main factory on

improves our brain power – press

the quayside at East Quay, on the northern

days a week, via four refuelling points on

reports on the benefits of eating oily

side of the harbour. Most of the fish

Albert Quay and by road tanker alongside other berths. Several electrical engineering companies with marine experience are located in or near the port and are available around the clock, and there are a number of net-making and repair firms in Peterhead. Ships’ carpenters, painters, electricians, plumbers and chandlery are all based around the harbour as are marine engineers and craneage.







NE of Peterhead’s

Peterhead Port Authority owns and

The ship repair facilities are used by companies to carry out marine

major strengths is its range

operates all of the repair facilities, which

of ship repair facilities, and in par-

are leased out to engineering, fabrication

engineering, fabrication, welding, machining

ticular the ability to lift ships up to

and painting companies – usually local

and carpentry work and serves the fishing,

2,000 tonnes in weight out of the

– on a contract-by-contract, ship by ship

oil-related, ferry and tug sectors.

water for repair, painting or main-


One such company, Bill Mackie

tenance.The operation takes only

The repair hall can accommodate

Engineering Ltd, says it has been able to

45 minutes and the vessel can

vessels up to 43 metres long, enabling

attract additional work in the

be positioned either outside or

work to be carried out in a controlled

non-fishing sectors thanks to the

in the covered repair hall.

environment whatever the weather

facilities the port has to offer.

The Syncrolift ship repair facility was

conditions. This allows weather dependent

commissioned along with an adjacent

activity such as painting and welding

repair hall in 2001 to accommodate the

to proceed without delay and with

largest ships in the UK whitefish fleet.

improved quality. The dry dock can

The total cost of the development was

handle ships up to 57.9 metres long,

£6 million – the result has been a steady

10.6 metres wide and five metres draft.

flow not only of fishing vessels, but also

The slipway has four cradles and accepts

of tugs, ferries and offshore support

ships up to 27.4 metres keel length,

vessels which use the Syncrolift, the dry

maximum beam of 7.2 metres, and

dock and slipway.

weight of 230 tonnes.

Ship painting company Davidsons is another regular user of the ship repair area, and it describes the Syncrolift as “the best facility in Scotland”. All aspects of vessel cleaning and coating including tank cleaning, shotblasting and painting, working on fishing vessels, offshore support vessels, ferries, tugs and other vessels can be provided for by companies such as Davidsons and Peter Bruce. One company has also opened its own shotblasting facilities outside the harbour area to meet demand from the fishing and oil companies.







ETERHEAD is best known for

up to 2.5 metres draft can lie afloat at

CRUISING AHEAD Peterhead has

its fishing and offshore-related

the deepest berths.

welcomed a good number of cruise

activities – but as a trust port, the

Fresh water and electricity is available

vessels to the port in recent years,

Port Authority takes its responsi-

at most berths. Showers, toilets and

despite the strong competition

bilities to all

changing facilities are provided in the

for this business.

stakeholders very seriously.

marina’s service building and diesel and

The port is well placed for a number

gas are on sale. A chandlery, repair

of local attractions including distilleries,

paramount and the leisure industry’s

services, restaurant and laundry facilities

gardens, museums, golf courses and

interests are a key part of this philosophy.

are all nearby.

National Trust properties.

Balancing the needs of all users is

Cruise ships usually berth at the

Peterhead Port Authority owns and

The marina is a popular choice for

operates the Peterhead Bay Marina, on

visiting yachts and leisure craft, usually

North Breakwater and Tanker Jetty. In

the south side of the harbour. Renowned

recording in excess of 1,000 visitor

the past few years, the port has handled

as one of the best marinas in north-east

nights a year. As the most easterly point

five or six calls each season, typically

Scotland, it has a total of 150 berths.

in Scotland, Peterhead is ideally located

from vessels carrying up to 1,000

as a safe stopover point for vessels on

passengers. Every effort is made to

visitors and of the remaining 130, about

their way to and from Scandinavia. It

ensure Peterhead is a memorable stop.

110 have been rented by annual berth-

is also used by vessels heading for the

The berth is decorated with flags and

holders – so there is still some availability.

Caledonian Canal and the popular sailing

bunting, a pipe band plays on the quayside

areas on Scotland’s west coast.

and, for larger vessels, a complimentary

Twenty of these are reserved for

The pontoon berths accommodate vessels up to 20 metres long and the

Not only does the marina provide an

shuttle bus operates throughout the

depth of water at the entrance to the

important benefit to the town and the area

day to the town centre. For passengers

marina is 2.3 metres. However, vessels

but it records a small profit every year.

wishing to organise their own trips, an information desk can be set up onboard, staffed by knowledgeable members of the Peterhead Tourism Initiative.







S the statutory harbour, pilotage and conservancy Authority, Peterhead Port Authority is responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Peterhead Harbour, Bay and outer limits. That means coordinating the needs – and movements – of the largest oil tankers or jack-up rigs, offshore supply vessel calls, trawlers that need to land fish around the clock, grain and fertiliser ships, all making use of more than

3,500 metres of quayside. The leisure craft making their way to and from the marina are also part of the equation. For the port operations team, navigational safety, security and environmental issues are the top priorities, but at the same time commercial shipping and offshore operators require an efficient, speedy and reliable service. Even before merging into one body, the port authorities of Peterhead had combined Port Control operations and worked together to produce the Port of Peterhead Marine

Safety Plan according to the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code. The Port Authority is also responsible for ensuring all requirements are met for compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which came into effect in July 2004. Since the merger of the two former port authorities, a new Port Facility Security Plan has been drawn up for the whole of Peterhead Port and approved by Transec, the Department for Transport’s


SUPPORT SERVICES security agency.

and pilotage is not required where the

simulator at Glasgow Nautical College

Master or Mate of a ship holds a Pilotage

or the trained manned model ship

and upgraded, and additional security

Exemption Certificate (PEC) for that

handling simulator at Warsash.

measures have been implemented

ship. The Port Authority as statutory

around the port.

harbour Authority is responsible for

The ISPS plan is regularly revisited

Pilotage and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS)

the administration and issue of PECs as

are coordinated around the clock from one

examined by the Pilotage Superintendent

Port Control Centre.There is close

to qualified Masters and Mates.

cooperation and liaison with towage

The average duration of pilotage is

operators, ships agents and stevedores.

50 minutes. Pilots join and leave vessels


aboard the Port Authority’s pilot launch

A team of highly experienced and trained pilots provides a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week service, coordinated from Port Control.

Blue Toon, a 17.25 metre boat built in the 1990s at the Jones Buckie Shipyard. A detailed pilotage plan is drawn up in advance in every individual case, with

Pilotage is compulsory within the

pilots drawing on their knowledge of

port of Peterhead for all vessels over

the harbour, its approaches, tidal and

3,500 gross tonnes (Peterhead Bay) or

weather conditions as pertains to the

200 tonnes (inner harbours) and in a

vessel’s requirements.The most

number of other specific cases including

demanding pilotage jobs are the large

all tankers carrying oil in bulk as cargo

rigs that call for inspection, repair and

and vessels carrying hazardous cargoes

maintenance; a suitable weather window

or dangerous goods in quantities of

must be found and more detailed planning

100 tonnes or more or one tonne of

is required, partly because of the use of

explosives of IMO Class 1 category.

tugs such jobs demand.

Other vessels may be required to

The largest jack-up rig to be brought

VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICES All vessel movements in and out of the harbour are monitored, coordinated and recorded by Peterhead Port Authority’s Vessel Traffic Services (VTS). The Port Authority has responsibility for VTS within the port limits, which involves an area of about a two mile radius of the port. Two radars feed information into the 24-hour Port Control Tower, where there is an experienced VTS operator on duty at all times. All of Peterhead’s VTS operators are qualified to V-103 standard. All information gathered by radar,VHF radio and telephone is recorded. Information, advice and directions are passed to vessels via VHF Channel 14. Vessels are required to establish contact a minimum of one hour before arrival, using the call sign ‘Peterhead

take on a pilot if the Harbour Master or

into the harbour so far has been the

Harbours’ on VHF Channel 14, prior to

his deputies decide that this is necessary

Transocean Nordic.

entering, leaving or manoeuvring within

for any reasons of safety. Vessels less

Local knowledge is clearly vital and

than 20 metres and fishing boats less

ongoing refresher training of pilots is

than 47.5 metres do not require a pilot,

carried out in-house and on the


the harbours. A listening watch is maintained on VHF Channels 14 and 16.VHF

SUPPORT SERVICES Channel 9 is also designated as a port

contractors using their own plant and

by the advice contained in the International

user channel.

machinery. Before any dredging takes

Oil Tanker and Terminal Safety Guide

place, the Port Authority ensures that

(IOTTSG) with particular regard to the

be contacted on VHF Channel 11 using

the correct licences are in place, issues a

section on pollution and safety

the call sign ‘ASCO Base’. In cases of

Notice to Mariners identifying details of

precautions against fire and explosion.

emergency including pollution clean-up

where and when the work is being done,

operations, vessels engaged in the inci-

and ensures that all vessels using the port

dent will be requested to communicate

are notified about the dredging work

on VHF Channel 10.

in hand.



Harbour towage can be arranged

By arrangement with the Harbour Master.

ASCO Operations and Agency may

through shipping agents provided sufficient notice is given.

WEATHER FORECASTS The Meteorological Office provide a twice daily forecast tailored to harbour requirements that includes a four day projection and 24 hour sea state prediction. Weather information can be obtained from the Vessel Traffic Service.

TIDES Spring range: 3.3 metres. Neap range: 1.6 metres.

CUSTOMS DOCUMENTATION VESSEL ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE Documents required for presentation to H.M. Customs and Excise are as follows: -On Arrival (“Report”) - Form C13 “Masters Declaration” in duplicate. - Form C142 “Crews Declaration”


in duplicate.

Peterhead Port Authority has the fol-

- Cargo Declaration (Manifest)

lowing plans in place:

- Cargo Release in duplicate.

a) Port marine safety plan

If these “Report” documents have not

b) Emergency plan

been collected from the vessel within

c) Security plan

three hours of making fast alongside (24


d) Oil pollution plan

hours of anchoring) by H.M. Customs

The Port Authority’s responsibilities

e) Port waste management plan

& Excise or the vessel’s agent, then one


copy of Forms C13 and C142 are to be

include monitoring, protecting and ensuring the hydrographic regime within the harbour is accurately established. That means controlling any construction and dredging projects to ensure that the safety of navigation is not in question, and also providing and maintaining navigational aids and information.

In accordance with the tenets of the document ‘Modernising Trust Ports - A Guide to Good Governance’, the Port Authority set up a Port Users’ Group. The objective of this group is to provide an effective link with port users and

lodged in one of H.M. Customs & Excise’s post boxes, keeping the other copy together with the manifest and release notes onboard. There is one post box on the ASCO South Base, one on the Albert Quay and one at Customs House.

others with a direct interest in the

On Departure (“Clearance”)

port’s operations. The group meets

- Form C13 “Masters Declaration”

changing levels, a hydrographic survey

twice a year.

in duplicate.

rota is in place through which every part


Because the seabed within the harbour is not susceptible to rapidly

of the harbour is surveyed at four year intervals. However, ad hoc surveys are

Pollution of the harbour from any source

- Cargo Declaration (Manifest) - normally presented by the charterer or agent.

is strictly prohibited. The Harbour


Authority has duties and obligations

Vessels carrying dangerous substances

under the Prevention of Oil Pollution Act

as defined by Regulation 3 of The

1971 to take action against any polluters

Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas

and to initiate clean-up activities where

Regulations 1987 must comply in every

appropriate.Vessel masters are asked to

respect with these regulations.

take the greatest care to ensure that no

Peterhead Port Authority holds a licence

pollution of any kind originates from their

permitting explosives to be brought into,


vessel or operations.

carried and handled within Peterhead

Dredging operations within the port

Tankers discharging or loading bulk such

Port. Nineteen berths are available to

are carried out by recognised dredging

as fuel oil and bunker oil should be guided

handle up to 65,000kgs of explosives.

also carried out for specific craft such as oil rigs. The Port Authority owns its own portable survey equipment which is operated from a 17-foot survey vessel; all processing of survey data from DGPS, survey echo sounder and tidal gauge is carried out in-house.




ETERHEAD Port Authority

hygiene regulations. Typical units contain

offices are available at Farmers Lane.

owns a portfolio of over 100

a secure outside yard, fish processing

Open storage is available for harbour-

properties located mainly around

area, cold store and rooms fitted out for

related activity at both the north and

the northern side of the port.

office, canteen and store. Typical internal

south sides of the port. Sites of up to

This includes a mix of land and

sizes are 140 square metres although

two acres area are available for temporary

premises suitable for fish process-

some have been converted into double

storage or fabrication. Smaller quayside

ing, workshops, storage and office

sized premises.

fabrication projects can also be

requirements. The properties are located right in

Workshops are provided at various locations including Seagate where

accommodated at Princess Royal Jetty and Albert Quay. Greenhill fishmarket is seldom used

the heart of the harbour and therefore

self-contained units of 100 square

perfectly placed for businesses which

metres provide a home for several local

for fish auctions and provides space for

draw their trade from activity

businesses. Alexandra House offers

inside storage. Much of the market was

in the port.

serviced office accommodation above

upgraded to food hygiene standards

the Greenhill fishmarket. The suite

and is insulated, making it suitable for

are located in purpose-built units at

contains 30 offices, each around 20

processing and temporary storage or

Albert Street,Volum Street and Gerries

square metres in size and tenants

sorting of produce.

Yard. Many of these units have recently

include a cross section of organisations

been upgraded to meet the latest food

working around the harbour area. Larger

A number of fish processing firms




ETERHEAD is the largest

economy, with fields full either of cattle

herring port and now is one of Euope’s

town in Aberdeenshire and

or sheep, or producing crops.

leading whitefish and pelagic ports.

the most easterly town in Scotland.

Peterhead has the world’s 18th

During the late nineteenth century

It has a population of 19,000 and

oldest golf club, with both 18-hole and

a prison was constructed to provide

while fishing and

nine-hole courses, while Cruden Bay has

convict labour to build the breakwaters

offshore-related activities

two golf courses, including a world-class

which form the Bay Harbour. This part

dominate, it has a relatively

championship course which is consistently

of the port was little used until oil was

diverse economy, including food

rated in the top 100 worldwide.

discovered in the North Sea.The strategic

processing, textiles and service industries. More than half of Peterhead’s working population are employed in the town, while nearly 10% commute regularly to

The area has a network of paths and cycleways along the Buchan and Formartine Way, and a host of historic buildings, ruins and sites to visit. Peterhead was founded by the

location led to the development of purpose-built oil services bases. Aberdeen is the nearest city, has a population of 212,000 and is a prosperous, modern and vibrant place. Known as

Aberdeen, about 30 miles south, and

Keith Earls Marischals in 1587 and was

the Granite City and energy capital of

nearly 22% work elsewhere in the Banff

developed as a planned settlement. Port

Europe, Aberdeen has an international

and Buchan Council area.

Henry, the town’s first harbour, was

feel with the oil industry bringing people

constructed in 1593. The continued

from around the world. It hosts two of

The countryside surrounding Peterhead offers wide open rolling fields

development employed engineers such

the UK’s finest universities and offers a

dotted with hamlets and villages full of

as Sir John Corde, Thomas Telford and

wide choice of sporting, shopping and

history and wildlife, large forests to walk

Robert Stevenson.

recreational facilities.

in and a dramatic and beautiful coastline. Farming is an important part of the

Peterhead established itself as a major whaling centre, then a thriving




HE town of Peterhead went through a series of economic blows in the late 1990s and early 2000s which affected business confidence and certainly had an impact on the community.


The downturn included the closures of the Nestlé factory and RAF Buchan base, whitefish quota cuts and decommissioning of the whitefish fleet. Now, however, the town and surrounding area is looking

forward with renewed optimism, as emerging business opportunities arrive and others are just over the horizon. Capital spending in major projects in the town and area could reach over £800 million in the next three to four years. Supermarket chain Asda and DIY chain B&Q have both opened stores and there has been a significant increase in house prices. Both of Peterhead’s traditional industries – fishing and oil – have witnessed a rebirth of confidence and investment to underpin these



COMMUNITY vital sectors of the local economy. And then there are the projects for the future, from the plans for the world’s first carbon capture power station, to the upgrade of facilities at St Fergus Gas Terminal, which supplies one-third of the UK’s gas. Not so long ago the possibility of closure hung over another important employer in the town – Peterhead prison. Now, however, plans are being

for new opportunities and new ways to

considered to build a completely

diversify and build the economy.

new prison.

Peterhead and the surrounding area

COMMUNITY LINKS As a trust port, Peterhead Port Authority has a duty to balance the

has much to offer – for oil companies,

interests of all stakeholders, including

new optimism and a real willingness

there are the obvious factors such as

commercial shipping, other port users,

to look at new opportunities has been

good logistics and proximity to the main

local authorities and the local

a three-year project entitled Building

oil and gas fields, but there is also the


Buchan New Beginnings (BBNB).

advantage of a highly trained workforce

A key factor in creating Peterhead’s

Set up by Aberdeenshire Council,

and strong academic abilities in its

Scottish Enterprise Grampian and

young people. The Peterhead area also

Community Scotland with funding from

has very substantial amounts of land

the European Regional Development

zoned for industrial use – this land

Fund, the remit for BBNB was to

availability and the facilities of the port

overcome the economic challenges

offer an unbeatable combination.

faced by the North Aberdeenshire coastal area.

Of course, Peterhead will continue to offer its expertise and innovation in

The project was concluded in

fishing and processing – but it is also

October 2006 but the impact of the

well-placed to create and build new

initiatives the BBNB team put in place

industrial opportunities. A vibrant,

will, of course continue to be felt.

diversified and sustainable economy is

sponsors a number of local events

the principal objective.

including the main event in the annual

The town continues to look outwards

As part of this, the Port Authority

Peterhead Scottish Week. Other sponsorships include underwriting the annual North of Scotland Scottish Pipe Band Championships and the Young Engineers Club at the Peterhead Academy. The Port Authority has a close working relationship with the local Sea Cadets’ organisation, and provides complimentary berthing at Peterhead Bay Marina for regular training activities. A Port Users’ Group provides an excellent link between the Authority and those with a direct interest in the port’s operations. This group meets twice a year to exchange views and make recommendations.


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ADVERTISERS LIST Aberdeenshire Council Arch Henderson & Partners ASCO Bill Mackie Marine Engineering Bircham Dyson Bell Box Pool Solutions Caley Fisheries Ltd CHEP (UK) Ltd Clydesdale Bank Dales Engineering Services Ltd Denholm Seafoods Ltd Enviroco Ltd Fresh Catch Ltd Grampian Sea Fishing Ltd Halcrow H R Wallingford Lloyds TSB Scotland Lunar Group Mackinnons Masson & Glennie Moray Council Road DLO Peter Fraenkel & Partners Ltd Peter & J Johnstone Ltd Pirie & Smith Ltd Royal Bank of Scotland Targe Towing Ltd Tilney Investment Management

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PORT DIRECTORY AIRPORT Aberdeen Airport Dyce, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 775845 ARCHITECTS & CONSULTING ENGINEERS Arch Henderson & Partners 26 Rubislaw Terrace Aberdeen AB10 7XE Tel: (01224) 631122 Fax: (01224) 632233 H R Wallingford Ltd Howery Park, Wallingford Oxon OX10 8BA Tel: (01491) 835381 Fax: (01491) 832233 McAdam Design Partnership 70 King Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475157 Fax: (01779) 473944 Peter Fraenkel Maritime Ltd South House 21-37 South Street Dorking, Surrey RH4 2JZ Tel: (01306) 879797 Fax: (01306) 879798 ASSOCIATIONS

Richard Irvin & Sons Ltd Albert Quay, Aberdeen Tel: (01779) 576280 CARGO-HANDLING EQUIPMENT ASCO Peterhead Offshore Supply Base, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 873000 Andrew Smith & Schultze Ltd Dock Gale House Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen Tel: (01779) 472210 Fax: (01779) 470638 WM Whyte Cargo Handlers Hindstones, New Aberdour Fraserburgh Tel: (01346) 511056 CRANE HIRE Macduff Crane Hire Macduff Shipyards Ltd The Harbour, Macduff Tel: (01261) 832234 DRILLING FLUID MANUFACTURERS M-I Drilling Fluids UK Ltd c/o Asco Soth Base, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 476647 DREDGING

North East of Scotland Fishermans Organisation Ltd 75 Broad Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478731/479149 Fax: (01779) 470229

Moray Council Roads DLO Ash Grove Road, Elgin IV30 1UU Tel: 01343 551322

North-East Fishermans Joint Group Training Association 4 Alexandra House Greenhill, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478751 Fax: (01779) 478288

Box Pool Solutions Burnside Business Centre Burnside Road, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 481956

BANKS Bank of Scotland 32 Broad Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 429000 Clydesdale Bank Plc 43 Broad Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477321 Fax: (01779) 478618 Lloyds TSB Bank Scotland Plc 14 Queen Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 472638 Fax: (01779) 470225 Royal Bank of Scotland Plc 10 Marischal Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 476336 Fax: (01779) 478646 BLAST CLEANING G.C.G. Shotblasting Services Ltd Unit 3 Upperton Industrial Estate, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475002/477507 Fax: (01779) 477579 BOAT BUILDERS AND REPAIRERS J Buchan & Sons 2 Baltic Place Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475395 Fax: (01779) 475395 R D Buchan Port Henry Pier Peterhead AB4 1ZY Tel/Fax: (01779) 478503


Chep Ltd 12a, Alexandra House Greenhill, Peterhead, Tel: (01779) 479010 Fax: (01779) 479278 Northead Limited Union Street, Peterhead AB42 1JN Tel: (01779) 471816 Fax: (01779) 476201 Northrop Grumann Sperry Marine Farmers Lane, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 473005 Scotia Box Services Box Washing Depot Unit 4 Port Henry Pier Peterhead Tel: (01779) 479213 Thistle Marine (Peterhead) Ltd 5 Baltic Place, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477210 Fax: (01779) 471804 FISH MERCHANTS AGD Duff Palmerston Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 588976 Fax: (01224) 586218 AKL Ltd 5b & 7a Alexandra House Greenhill, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 471218 Alba Fish Supplies Ltd 11 Murrays Lane South Esplanade West Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 249444 Fax: (01224) 878188

Alexander Buchan Ltd East Quay, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477380 Fax: (01779) 471910 Andrew Christie Jnr North Esplanade West Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 590327 Binorie 18 South Esplanade West Aberdeen AB11 9AA Tel: (01224) 891053 Fax: (01224) 878427 Caie Brothers Russell Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 581673 Fax: (01224) 210493 Caley Fisheries Ltd Castle Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 479121 Claymore Shellfish Ltd Harlaw Way Harlaw Industrial Estate Inverurie Tel: (01467) 622741 Coldwater Ltd Craigshaw Street West Tullos, Aberdeen Tel (01224) 878099 Fax: (01224) 878438 Cowie Seafoods Ltd Unit 4 Volum Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475550 Croan Seafoods Ltd Hays Business Centre 4 Hay Avenue, Edinburgh Tel: (0131) 657 9888 Fax: (0131) 657 9221 Croan Seafoods Ltd 5-10 Albert Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 471621 Duthie & Summers 25 Denmark Street, Fraserburgh Tel: (01346) 513221 S J Edwards & Co Shore Street, Lossiemouth Tel: (01343) 812200 Frasers 26 Russell Road, Aberdeen Tel (01224) 590238

GT Seafoods Seagate, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 479301 H & H Fish Unit 8 Gleenrole Park Poynernook Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 212094 John Charles 19 Crombie Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 249330

K Portz 9 Volum Street Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478837

Robert W Henderson 24 Russell Road Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 589648

Prime Seafoods Ltd West Shore, Fraserburgh Tel: (01346) 516549 Fax: (01346) 514067

Highland Fish Products 31 Sinclair Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 875401 Iceberg Ltd Old Station Yard Harbour Road, Fraserburgh Tel: (01346) 515856

Quality Products 12 Albert Street Peterhead R & J Seafish 31 North Street, Peterhead Tel: (01224) 480590

K & F Fish Unit 9 Seafood Fish Park Poynerdock Road, Aberdeen

Sardonyx Export Ltd Dales Industrial Estate Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478710

KMD Fish Ltd Unit 2 Palmerston Road Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 583958 Fax: (01224) 582150

Seakos Old Ford Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 212612

Laeso Fish Ltd Damhead Circle, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477740

Seafoods Eccose Unit 1-3 Dales Industrial Estate Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475718

L.A.D. Fish Exporters Dales Industrial Estate Peterhead Tel: (01779) 479327

G & W Summers 9 James Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 472393

Andrew Leiper & Sons Palmerston Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 213344 Lunar Filleting Ring Road, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477780

Fresh Catch Ltd Kirk Square, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 474860/479767 Fax: (01779) 477190

John H Milne Fish Merchant The Old Smoke House 17 Ellis Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 490565

French Fish Experts Units 1 & 2 Fraserburgh Industrial Estate South Harbour Road Fraserburgh Tel: (01346) 519376

J Morrice Blackhouse Industrial Estate Peterhead Tel: (01779) 479116

Grampian Seafoods Ltd Cables Lane South Esplanade West Aberdeen AB11 9AD Tel: (01224) 897048

Quality Counts (Aberdeen) Ltd 10 Arch, Palmerston Road Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 571488

G & J Jack Ltd Harbour Road, Fraserburgh Tel: (01346) 514433 Fax: (01346) 517091

E J & Mrs H Mair Old Station Road Marine Place, Buckie Tel: (01542) 32680

GMR Seafoods Blackhouse Industrial Estate Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478653 Fax: (01779) 480689

K & A Pirie 7 Woodend Crescent Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 310566

Ken Cassells Wilson Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 476057

Colin Fraser Ltd Raik Road Aberdeen AB11 5QL

Garfish Ltd Poynernook Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 571073

Pearson Seafoods (Aberdeen) Ltd 7 Cables Lane South Esplanade West Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 874141

Mary Murray 67 Palmerston Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 212733/691887 Noblesea Fisheries North Lane Fraserburgh Tel: (01346) 510234

Thistle Seafoods Ltd Harbour, Boddam, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478991 Fax: (01779) 471014 Welch Fishmongers 39 Ferry Road Edinburgh EH6 4AF Tel: (0131) 555 0511/552 5883 Whitelink Sea Foods Maxwell place, Fraserburgh Tel: (01346) 518828 Youngs Bluecrest 3 Harbour Road, Fraserburgh Tel: (01346) 515101 FISH SALESMEN Caley Fisheries (Peterhead) Ltd 11 Harbour Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 479772 Fax: (01779) 477931 Denholm Fishselling Ltd 16 Harbour Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 474747 Fax: (01779) 477563

Nor Sea Foods Ltd Broadfold Road Bridge of Don, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 703222

Don Fishing Company (Peterhead) Ltd 20 Harbour Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 474231 Fax: (01779) 477469

The Old Smokehouse Ellis Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477930

Grampian Sea Fishing Ltd Greenhill, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475285


PORT DIRECTORY Peter & J Johnstone (Peterhead) 5-8 Bridge Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 473007 Fax: (01779) 470026 Lunar Fishing Co Ltd East Quay, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 473344 Fax: (01779) 476730 Peterhead Fishermen Ltd 13-16 Alexandra House Greenhill, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478205 Fax: (01779) 476589 HOTELS Albert Hotel 75 Queen Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 472391 Bayview Hotel 3 St Peter Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 472523 Buchaness Hotel Buchaness Drive, Boddam Peterhead Tel: (01779) 472213 Fax: (01779) 480065 Hennings Hotel 2 Chapel Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 473277 Palace Hotel Prince Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 474821 Fax: (01779) 476119 Seaview Hotel Seaview Road, Boddam Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475665 St Andrews Hotel 10 Merchant Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 474457 Waterside Inn Fraserburgh Road, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 471121 Fax: (01779) 470670 HYDRAULIC PLANT & EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS Kerard Workshop Supplies 17 Seagate, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 476943 ICE SUPPLIERS & COLD STORAGE Lunar Freezing & Cold Storage Co Ltd East Quay, The Harbour, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477446 Fax: (01779) 476599 Peterhead Ice Co Model Jetty, Seagate, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478681 Fax: (01779) 470018 Pelagic Freezing (Scotland) Ltd Castle Street, Keith Inch Peterhead Tel: (01779) 481481 Fax: (01779) 483683 INSURANCE Scottish Boatowners Mutual Insurance Company 26/30 Marine Place, Buckie Tel: (01542) 832045 Fax: (01542) 832386


INVESTMENT Tilney Investment Management 25 Melville Street Edinburgh EH2 3JZ Tel: (0131) 2431000 LICENSED WASTE DISPOSAL CONTRACTORS Enviroco Damhead Waste Transfer Station Damhead Industrial Estate Peterhead Tel: (01779) 485200 Fax: (01779) 485222 Northburn Industrial Services Unit A, Blackdog Industrial Centre Murcar, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 825448 Fax: (01224) 826462 Shanks Redmoss Recycling Centre Greenbank Road East Tullos Industrial Estate Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 893770 Taylor Industrial Services Hareness Circle Altens Industrial Estate Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 872972 UK Waste Management Ltd Greenbank Road East Tullos, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 875560 LIFTING GEAR SERVICES Chandlers International (Abdn) Ltd Froghall Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 626364 Fax: (01224) 624005 Surelift (UK) Ltd Peterhead Offshore Supply Base, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477775 Fax: (01779) 477771 MARINE FUEL SUPPLIERS ASCO Oils Peterhead Offshore Supply Base, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 873000 Fax: (01779) 470549 Brogan Fuels Steven Road, Huntly Tel: (01466) 799111 Fax: (01466) 799197 Caley (Peterhead) Ltd 11 Harbour Street Peterhead Tel: (01779) 481679 Fax: (01779) 481685 Conoco Ltd Conoco Centre Warwick Technology Park Gallows Hill, Warwick Tel: (01926) 404000 Fax: (01926) 404099 Esso Petroleum Co Ltd Mailpoint 10, Esso House Ermyn Way, Leatherhead Tel: (01372) 222000 Shell UK Oil Aberdeen Terminal 1 Minto Road Altens Industrial Estate Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 880480

John A Smith & Sons 12 Seagate, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 472800 Fax: (01779) 471362 Texaco Ltd 1 Westberry Circus Canary Wharf, London Tel: (0171) 719 3000 ASCO Oils Ltd Ship Street, Keith Inch, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 480011 MARINE ELECTRICIANS Electrotec Solutions Ltd 27 Prince Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 470095 A M Campbell 22 Harbour Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 476433

Score (Europe) Ltd Glenugie Engineering Works Peterhead Tel: (01779) 480000 Fax: (01779) 481111 Wood Group Engineering Services Ltd Blackhouse Industrial Estate Peterhead Tel: (01779) 474293 PERSONNEL A L Ltd 5b &7a Alexandra House Greenhill, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 491218

Andrew Smith & Schultze Dock Gate House Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen Tel: (01779) 472210 Fax: (01779) 470638

A & K Labour Hire Ltd Suite 6a Alexandra House Greenhill, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 481873 Genesis Personnel Marine House 2 Marischal Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 476311 Fax: (01779) 476312



Bill Mackie Engineering Ltd 3 Baltic Place, Peterhead Tel : (01779) 480290 Fax: (01779) 480559

Buchan Power Tools Blackhouse Industrial Estate Peterhead Tel: (01779) 473608 Fax: (01779) 472755

Thistle Marine (Peterhead) Ltd 5 Baltic Place, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477210/479443 Fax: (01779) 471804 Northead Limited Union Street, Keith Inch Peterhead AB42 1JN Tel: (01779) 471816 Fax: (01779) 476001 R D Buchan & Sons Port Henry Pier Peterhead AB42 6LA Tel: (01779) 478503 Fax: (01779) 478503 J & J Buchan Wilson Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 479851 Fax: (01779) 479851 OIL & GAS FIELD SERVICES & SUPPLIES ASCO plc Peterhead Offshore Supply Base Peterhead Tel: (01779) 873000 Fax: (01779) 473248 Baroid Ltd Peterhead Offshore Supply Base Peterhead Tel: (01779) 474730 Fax: (01779) 474162 C & L Supplies (Peterhead) 7/9 Wallace Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477986 Fax: (01779) 478967 Cebo (UK) Ltd Peterhead Offshore Supply Base Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475827

SHIPPING COMPANIES (AGENTS, FORWARDERS AND BROKERS) ASCO plc Peterhead Offshore Supply Base Peterhead Tel: (01779) 873000 Fax: (01779) 473248

Peterhead Marine Electrics Ltd 8 Bridge Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 479461 Fax: (01779) 480186

Dales Engineering Ltd Dales Industrial Estate, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478778 Fax: (01779) 471846

Peter Bruce Harbour Road, Fraserburgh Tel: (01346) 514056 Fax: (01346) 519424

Enship 70 St Clements Street, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 211500 Fax: (01224) 213123 OBC Shipping Unit J, Nord Centre, York Street, Aberdeen Tel: (01779) 213312 Fax: (01770)213319 Streamline Shipping Blakies Quay, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 211506 Fax: (01224) 211520 SOLICITORS

M B Plant 14 Wilson Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475397 Fax: (01779) 479236

Bircham Dyson Bell 50 Broadway, Westminster London JW1H OBL Tel: (0207) 227 7000 Fax: (0207) 233 1351


Gray & Gray 8-10 Queen Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 480222 Fax: (01779) 470 741

ASCO UK South Bay Oil Service Base PO Box 19, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 474712 Fax: (01779) 473248 BJN Transport Denview, Toddlehills, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478854 William Coutts Transport (Peterhead) Ltd Howemuir Road, Blackhills Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475232/476086 McKay Transport Seaview Road, Sandend Tel: (01261) 842408 D Steven & Son Harbour Quay, Wick Tel: (01955) 602381 SHIP CHANDLERS Chandlers International (Aberdeen) Ltd Froghall Road, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 626364 Fax: (01224) 624005

John MacRitchie & Co Town House Broad Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 478877 Fax: (01779) 481133 Mackinnons 21 Albert Street, Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 632464 Fax: (01224) 632184 Masson & Glennie Broad House Broad Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 474271 Fax: (01779) 476037 Rees & Freres 1 The Sanctuary Westminster Tel: 020 7222 5381 Fax: 020 7222 4646 Stewart & Watson 35 Queen Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 476351 SURVEYORS - MARINE

J.N.W. Services 1 Harbour Street, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 477346/478347

Pirie & Smith Ltd 59 Palmerston Road Aberdeen Tel: (01224) 586882


Fax: (01224) 625026

Brian McDougall 62 Lochside Road, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 475301


Davidsons Seagate, Peterhead Tel: (01779) 474455

Targe Towing Ltd Mountboy, Montrose Angus DD10 9TN Tel: (01674) 820234 Fax: (01674) 820363

Peterhead Port Authority Handbook  

The Official Port and Handbook and Directory of the Port of Peterhead Authority