Marine Scotland, responsible for integrated management of Scotland's seas, has given marine licences to the proposed expansion of the UK’s Aberdeen Harbour port into Nigg Bay, the southern part of Aberdeen city.
The newly awarded licences are issued under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and include construction and dredging operations related with the project.
In May this year, Aberdeen City Council received planning permission in principle for the project.
However, port operator Aberdeen Harbour Board is yet to receive approval for its harbour revision order application, which was laid in Scottish Parliament last month.
Aberdeen Harbour Board chief executive Colin Parker said: “The award of this statutory approval marks an important milestone in the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project and takes us one step closer to commencing construction of the new, expansive facilities.
“If final approval is given to the plans, the resulting development will help ensure the North East of Scotland remains the home of globally significant supply chains, anchors decommissioning activity in Scotland, and puts Aberdeen City & Shire on the map as a major cruise ship destination for many decades to come.”
As part of the proposed expansion, the Aberdeen Harbour Board plans to include additional deep-water facilities at Nigg Bay with an aim to accommodate larger vessels and support the country’s economy.
Considered as one of the busiest ports in the UK, Aberdeen Harbour currently handles around 8,000 vessel and around five million tonnes of cargo every year.
Image: Aberdeen Harbour port. Photo: courtesy of Aberdeen Harbour.