The opening ceremony took place on 30th April for the newly extended Hatston pier in Orkney, which will serve as a major base for the marine renewable energy industry. (10th May 2013)
At 385 meters – almost a quarter of a mile – the Pier is now Scotland’s longest commercial deep-water berth.
Orkney Islands Council’s £8 million project, which attracted £3.2 million in support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), included the installation of two sets of new navigation lights to mark the end of the pier. Four green VLB-67 LED navigation lights were supplied by Hydrosphere UK Ltd in fulfilment of the approved specifications of the Northern Lighthouse Board.
Council Convener, Councillor Steven Heddle, said: “The pier, and all the developers and businesses who use it, will be part of the success story of marine renewables in Orkney, and contribute to our islands’ ongoing prosperity.
The extension to Hatston marks the completion of the second phase in the Council’s Three Port Strategy to support the development of wave and tidal energy generation in the islands. It also brings the number of Vega VLB-67 lights supplied by Hydrosphere to Orkney Island Council to 21.