For the first time in its 900 year history, Aberdeen Harbour Board has launched a digitalised annual review, signifying changing winds at Scotland’s premier port.

Released today, Friday 17 July, the annual review details the Harbour’s activity over the past 12 months and its plans for future. During 2019, Aberdeen Harbour had 9,489 vessels arrive into port, including nearly 4,000 supply vessels for the offshore oil and gas industry.

The Harbour generated over £1.5bn in GVA, a turnover of £38,041,000 and a pre-tax profit of £19,628,000.

Over 166,000 ferry passengers travelled through Aberdeen Harbour on board vessels operated by Serco NorthLink Ferries. Freight services from the company also saw more than 168,000 heads of livestock pass through the port.

Run as a Trust Port by an independent Board, Aberdeen Harbour has weathered the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and is progressing with the remaining 30% of work needed to complete its South Harbour expansion.

Michelle Handforth, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, said: “South Harbour is a unique opportunity for us to build our way out of these troubled times and to grasp the transformative opportunity that the development represents. It is key to opening up a new world of possibilities for the entire region and there’s no better opportunity to signify this new era than the launch of our first-ever digital annual review and our refreshed brand.”

Alistair Mackenzie, Aberdeen Harbour Board’s Chairman, added: “The last six months have been about as far from conventional as anyone could have imagined but it shows, more clearly than ever before, the need to accelerate the evolution of our business and regional economy. Our new review outlines our purpose, and our ambitions, as we remain committed to creating prosperity for future generations and being the best catalyst for business, trade and energy transformation in Scotland.”

As one of only two EcoPorts in Scotland, Aberdeen will play a pivotal role in the energy transition. 2020 will see the port source 100% of its energy from clean sources, introduce its first electric vehicles and invest more than £300,000 in replacing more than 700 lights with LEDs to reduce consumption by 54% every year.

You can read the Aberdeen Harbour Board 2020 - 2021 Annual Review here 

You can read the Aberdeen Harbour Board Signed Accounts for 2019 here