Orkney Islands Council Marine Services

The range of ports and harbours within the Harbour Authority is both varied and diverse; from the Oil Port of Scapa Flow that hosts multiple ship to ship transfer operations of crude oil and LNG and vessels serving the Flotta Oil Terminal, to the harbours of Kirkwall and Stromness that receive on average 95 cruise ships annually making Orkney the most popular cruise ship destination in the United Kingdom; to the remote island facilities of North and South Isles which receive almost daily lifeline services from our fleet of 9 Inter Island Ferries carrying over 300,000 passengers annually.

Orkney’s geographical location just 1 degree inside the new sulphur emission control area presents both challenges and opportunities and the Harbour Authority is assessing both ends of this spectrum with a pragmatic and positive view to developing future sustainable business.


Harbour Authority Building
Scapa, Orkney
KW15 1SD
United Kingdom
01856 873 636
Activities Undertaken 
Ro-ro ferry
Freight vessels
Oil rig supply vessels
Cruise ships
Coastguard vessels
Renewable energy support vessels