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All shipping movements within the Aberdeen VTS area (within a 2 mile radius of the head of the North Pier) are controlled by Aberdeen VTS.
Aberdeen VTS provide the following services
Call: Aberdeen VTS
VHF Frequency Ch 12; 16
Telephone +44(0)1224 597000
Participation with VTS is mandatory, for further details see ALRS Vol.6
Aberdeen is a compulsory pilotage district for vessels of 60 metres and over in length. However, for vessels with an operational bow thruster this limit is increased to 75 metres.
Vessels requiring a pilot should give at least one hour's notice to Aberdeen VTS. Pilots normally board vessels in the vicinity of the Fairway Buoy. The pilot vessels are fitted with VHF Radio and have a black hull with white cabin and the word "PILOT" displayed on the cabin.
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Two rail mounted electric portal cranes located at Atlantic/Pacific Wharves each offering a capacity of up to 8 tonnes (grab) at 25 metres and up to 20 tonnes (hook) at 12 metres. Grabs of various types can be provided.
Cranes up to 1,000 tonne capacity are available from local crane hire companies.
Jamiesons Quay Terminal – exclusive use for Northern Isles Passenger Ferry service
Matthews Quay Terminal – common user RO-RO berth
Commercial Quay Eurolink Berth
Atlantic and Pacific Quay
Combined length of 350m at 9.0m DDL
Open quay, two 20-tonne capacity electric portal/grabbing cranes. Transit shed and heavy lift area.
Commercial Quay East
180m at 7.5m DDL provides open quay area for general cargo. Also provides additional Ro-Ro capability
Regent Quay East
255m long with 9.9m of water MLWS and 13.6m at MHWS. Two transit sheds.
Combined length of 520m of berthing with 9.0m
Maximum LOA 165m
Combined length of 236 m long with 9.0m DDL
Over 7,000 sq m of cargo handling area + heavy lift areas. Two lane ro-ro ramp - 8m minimum width. 1,650 sq m transit shed.
A privately operated dry dock 113m x 21m is available.
The Waterloo Multi Modal Terminal at the rear of Waterloo Quay is connected to the main rail network.
Regent Quay: Nos. 1 & 2 - 2,040m2.
Blaikies Quay; Nos 4 & 6 - 2,500m2
Pacific Wharf : No. 5 - 2,200m2
Clipper Quay (Nos. 8 & 9) 4,700m2
Range of tides at spring tides 3.7m (mean)
Range of tides at neap tides 1.8m (mean)
Depth at MHWS 10.30m. Clear width at entrance 42.78m.
Longest vessel 166.15m (BBC Winter)
Widest vessel 31.2m (Skandi Arctic)
Deepest vessel 9.14m
Largest vessel (in tonnage) 18,640 (Skandi Arctic)
Maximum designed width – 70.0m. Maximum designed depth at MHWS - 10.30m.
VTS and traffic signals regulate the movement of vessels in the Navigation Channel.
A licensed towage company provides a towage service in Aberdeen Harbour. Masters should contact their agent for more information.
Licensed boatmen provide a mooring service in Aberdeen Harbour. The boatage services available are dependent upon the berth. Masters may contact VTS for more information.