Developed as a harbour from around 1803 to support the booming herring industry, Wick continues as a fishing port. Whilst no longer a designated white fish landing port, vessels can still consign their catch, taking advantage of Wick’s proximity to the fishing grounds and its port facilities. There is an active and successful shellfish industry operating from the port landing lobster, scallops, crab, and prawns. Wick Harbour is keen to see further expansion of this traditional industry.
Cargo vessels are accommodated on our Commercial Quay. In 2014 two Heavy Lift Pads were installed which enable the port to handle a variety of heavy cargoes and commodities. We have a good cargo trade in coal, lime, timber, road salt, onshore wind-farm components, steel pipe and oil related hardware, and following the recent decision by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd to site their O & M base in Wick Harbour for the next 25 - 50 years we will see a significant boost to port business and vessel activities.
As one of the closest ports to many North Sea installations, Wick can offer shorter travel time with access to skills and resources to handle and process redundant subsea equipment, and associated hazardous waste from these fields. A new deep water berth (9 – 13m) is planned to accommodate this new business alongside traditional support services.
Wick is strategically placed to support the developing Offshore Renewable industry in the Moray Firth, Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters. Our close proximity to the Moray Firth wind farm developments and services , we have already been chosen as the Operations and Maintenance base for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm. Our geographical location to the existing and future wind farms along the Moray Firth and East of Orkney will realise significant advantage, and cost savings for operators, thus strengthening the port`s role in this emerging industry.
Whatever water based leisure pursuit you enjoy, Wick is the ideal place to do it. With its fantastic natural history and historic coastline there is something for everyone in the area. With our 80 fully serviced berths on our popular marina, you can sail or motor along the shores and see the beauty of a majestic coastline teaming with birds, marine life and fish a plenty. If you are traveling by road via the famous North Coast 500 (NC500) route, Wick is an ideal place to stop over and enjoy nature and the surroundings at its best.