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  • 2021 February 27 14:23

    All sectors of activity impacted at Lerwick Harbour in 2020

    Glimmers of light in challenging 2021

    Annual traffic statistics released on 23 February 2021 by Lerwick Port Authority confirm the depth of twin impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and oil industry downturn across all sectors of harbour activity last year.

    “The severe downturn of activity in 2020 overshadowed the good news, with the opening of our new fishmarket and the arrival of the Ninian Northern oil platform’s topside for decommissioning demonstrating our commitment to sustaining and developing these industries,” said Port Authority Chief Executive, Captain Calum Grains.

    Vessel arrivals, at 4,401, were down 13% on 2019, including a 46% decrease in oil-related shipping using the deep-water Shetland port.

    There were 204,946 whitefish boxes landed, which was an 11% decrease compared to 2019, despite a modest increase in the number of fishing vessel arrivals. Demand for pelagic fish was strong, with a total of 32,375 tonnes landed for the year, a 25% increase on the previous year’s landings.

    Tonnage of shipping dropped 35% to 8,150,990 gross tonnes, with oil-related traffic, including heavy lift vessels and the Ninian Northern topside, down by 34%, with fewer supply and anchor handling ships.

    Lower offshore activity is reflected in a 28% drop in related cargo, contributing to a 15% decline in overall cargo to 756,003 tonnes for the 12 months.

    With only two cruise ships calling in what had been expected to be a record 100-plus year, overall passenger numbers, at 57,933, showed a 74% decrease. Ferry passengers on the Aberdeen and Kirkwall routes fell 62% to 56,434, due to Covid-related restrictions on travel.

    Captain Grains added: “Uncertainties will continue in every sector for 2021 which will be another challenging year financially. The Covid vaccination programme adds to glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel.

    “With strong forward bookings, and any necessary measures implemented, we will be ready to support the return of cruise ships when the time is right. Access for fish to EU markets post-Brexit is improving gradually.

    “Building on Lerwick’s reputation as a leader in decommissioning, further contracts continue to be pursued, and there is also potential for supporting new installation work. Growing involvement with the renewables sector will see construction materials for the Viking windfarm handled and support for works related to the installation of an interconnector to the Scottish mainland.”


2021 October 28

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17:58 Frigate Admiral Grigorovich of RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet makes planned transition to far sea zone
17:29 MYCRANE signs MoU with Swiss-based EPCM, PESCO Switzerland AG
17:00 Tersan shipyard (Turkey) hosted flag-raising ceremony for trawler built for Russian customer
16:21 Viking Line provides the best customer experience in the tourism industry
16:12 China ports container volume rises 9.5% from January to September 2021, NCFI slight decrease in October
16:09 OOS Group introduces the SMF
15:46 Shipbuilding Complex “Zvezda” to allocate RUB 2.95 billion for construction of dry dock and outfitting workshops
15:23 Methanex and MOL finalize definitive agreements for a strategic shipping partnership
14:51 Demonstration project begins for commercialization of vessels equipped with domestically produced ammonia-fueled engine
14:29 Top management change in Eidesvik Offshore ASA
14:11 MABUX: Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 43, 2021
13:54 San Pedro Bay ports announce new measure to clear cargo
13:40 RF Transport Minisry to consider discounts for LNG-powered ships in Far East ports upon request from business
13:29 IMO-Singapore maritime Single Window Project picks Angola port
12:52 Finnlines increases capacity between Finland and Sweden in January 2022
12:24 Ro-Ro/Passenger ferry Baltic Princess returned to Turku – Stockholm route following her DD at Turku Ship Repair Yard
11:38 Tallink Grupp reports the first quarterly profit since the start of the COVID pandemic
11:15 First vessel sails into Lumsden Point
10:53 Sovcomflot expects full-scale competition of ammonia, hydrogen and methanol with LNG not earlier than in 4-8 years
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10:07 ABS My Digital Fleet™ expands maritime IoT capabilities with the PI System from AVEVA
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09:14 Baltic Dry Index as of October 27
09:03 ‘Shanghai-Express’ reaches Port of Hamburg
08:56 NEDO selects Methane Slip Reduction Project for next generation ship development

2021 October 27

18:22 IMC Shipping appoints Mingfa Liu as managing director for ship services
18:07 TotalEnergies and MOL hold naming ceremony of France’s first LNG bunker vessel
17:51 Damen built LNG bunkering vessel enters service in the Gulf of Finland
17:42 Rosmorport takes delivery of LNG-powered Ro-Ro ship Marshal Rokossovsky
17:40 DEME Offshore installs final foundation at Hornsea Two offshore wind farm
17:34 Port of Zeebrugge posts a strong growth in nine months of 2021
15:40 Dublin Port volumes down by 3.3% after nine months of 2021
14:33 IMO considers midterm-measures for GHG reduction from ships
14:12 BIO-UV Group adds 3d scanning to turnkey BIO-SEA BWTS retrofit services
13:50 Ocean Yield agrees to invest in six VLCCs with 10-year bareboat charters to International Seaways
13:02 WinGD invests in training as gas-fuelled fleet grows
12:52 Vyborg Shipyard contracted to build an 18 MW icebreaker for Rosmorport
12:38 Zero emissions by 2050 is not enough for most developed countries if planetary warming is to be limited to 1.5 degrees - DNV
12:37 The LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Other Alternatives Conference kicks off in Moscow
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11:51 Constructora Vale Verde places a repeat order for a cutter suction dredger with Damen Shipyards
11:19 MarineMax reports record fourth quarter and fiscal year results
11:18 FSRU Marshal Vasilevskiy completes maiden voyage with LNG cargo on the Northern Sea Route
10:09 Siemens Gamesa solidifies offshore presence in U.S. with Virginia blade facility
09:55 MABUX: No firm trend on Bunker market on Oct 27
09:33 Baltic Dry Index as of Oct 26
09:25 Aquadrill announces sale of a semisubmersible drilling unit
08:57 Oil prices edge lower

2021 October 26

18:06 FarSounder and NAVTOR announce a new partnership
17:49 Russian State Duma approves a bill on wrecks removal in the first reading
17:36 FuelEU can do more for the decarbonisation of shipping – World Shipping Council
17:08 First global hydrographic innovation and technology laboratory established in Singapore
16:31 BIO-UV Group adds 3D scanning to turnkey BIO-SEA BWTS retrofit services
16:24 Wärtsilä commits to carbon neutrality by 2030
16:05 CSL Americas takes delivery of second converted self-unloading ship
15:27 Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam delivers 38-metre Beam Trawler to Rederij Long Ships
15:17 Vard Electro dual-battery pack to reduce emissions for Siem Offshore subsea vessel
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