Lerwick Named Port of the Year

Lerwick Named Port of the Year

The port located at the heart of Europe’s finest fishing spots is named Port of the Year for the year 2021

Lerwick Port, has been named Port of the Year 2021 in the annual Fishing News Awards. Fishing News is the UK’s leading weekly publication in the fishing industry.

The award is significant for Lerwick Port as it endorses the facility’s “excellence in service and amenities.”

Recently, a £30 million scheme was completed for Lerwick Harbour to build a long-term future, and it has paid off well.

Some other ports that were shortlisted for the Port of the Year award include Fraserburgh, Newln, and Eastbourne.

Scalloway was the winner last year, and Lerwick has taken the crown this time.

Shetland, where Lerwick Port is located, is in the heart of prosperous fishing grounds.

The new development established at the harbour includes a state-of-the-art fish market. The fish market is able to handle the high volume and high-quality whitefish that is landed daily.

The port houses around 2300 fishing vessels every year, which also include a local modern fleet. The annual landings of pelagic fish, white fish, and shellfish are over 38,000 tonnes. The estimated amount for this massive amount of landings is more than £42 million.

The Lerwick Port Authority Senior Commercial Executive Victor Sandison wrote on LinkedIn after the port was crowned Port of the Year 2021. He stated that he was delighted to see that Lerwick was acknowledged.

The Lerwick Port Authority Chairman Ronnie Gair also made a statement after this marvellous achievement. He said that the port was proud to receive the award again.

Lerwick Port has four temperature-controlled bays with a floor area of 1600 m2, which is double the predecessor’s capacity. It also has a new market building and first-floor office accommodation for all the relevant fishing associations in Shetland.

Read the complete article to learn more about Lerwick Port’s win as the Port of the Year 2021!

Work included initial pre-dredging, constructing the 150m-long Mair’s Quay, reclaiming 1.45 hectares of land on which the new market and its service area now stand, and construction of the L-shaped Holmsgarth North development, which created 800m of deepwater berthing.”

Lerwick Port Authority Chairman, Ronnie Gair, said:

“We are proud to receive this award for the second time and our thanks go to Fishing News and our nominator.

“We see it as recognition of our proactive strategy, our continuing commitment to the fishing industry, and the team approach which went into phased developments over the years to deliver modern facilities for the sector.

Port Authority Chief Executive, Captain Calum Grains, said:

“The coordinated sequence of dredging, constructing Mair’s Quay, Mair’s Pier and the market, plus related improvements, created a state-of-the-art hub for the industry, enhancing the quality of fish landed and sold, increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impact.”

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