Aberdeen harbour has recorded a solid start to the year, with vessel traffic remaining on forecast and consistent with the previous year’s performance - despite the N. Sea crude oil price slump.

Results from the first six months show that vessel tonnage is up slightly at 13.5m tonnes, compared to 13.3m tonnes in 2014. Of this, oil and gas related tonnage is up 1%.

Total vessel arrivals are down slightly on the previous year, at 3,780 compared to 3,795 in 2014.

The port continues to support oil and gas operations worldwide, including those in West Africa, Norway, Australia and the Falkland Islands.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen Harbour Board continues with its feasibility studies into the potential of expanding the current harbour into neighbouring Nigg Bay. While Aberdeen remains busy, it is physically constrained in the number and size of vessels it can handle.

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