Over the years Wick Harbour has continually supported the Oil and Gas industry from the port. The geographical location of Wick Harbour makes it ideal for the work completed in the central North Sea and in line with this the Harbour Authority recognises the potential of the port to support the huge decommissioning market that will emanate from the North Sea in future years.
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 equipment from these fields. In particular, the port is keen to specialise in subsea equipment modules that require special handling to ensure that any difficult materials can be processed in a proper manner using the decommissioning capabilities from Dounreay.
In order for us to progress into this lucrative market, WHA proposes to develop the Shaltigoe deep water berthing basin within Wick Bay. This will provide sheltered 9m & 12m berths with heavy lift capabilities to facilitate large ships and barges to use the port and the onshore decommissioning facilities. In line with this Wick Harbour has held discussions with potential partners/companies to explore the opportunities to jointly build out the new facility.