Aberdeen Harbour has reported record growth in cargo traffic for the 2011 calendar year.
During the twelve-month period the Scottish port saw its overall vessel tonnage increase by seven percent, from 24.2 million gross tonnes in 2010, to 25.9 million gross tonnes last year.
This amounted to an increase in annual turnover of six percent, rising from £22.64million in 2010 to £24.1million in 2011.
Aberdeen Harbour retained a profit of £2.11million in 2011, compared to the £1.13million achieved in 2010.
With upwards of £15.5million invested in projects throughout 2011, including the first phase of the Torry Quay redevelopment, the port was able to handle larger vessels and more diverse cargoes, according to the Aberdeen Harbour Board.
The port trust has planned a further £20million for continued development throughout 2012, including works on the second phase of the Torry Quay expansion.
“The programme of activity planned for 2012 is ambitious but will mean that we are well equipped to meet the needs of our customers and play our part in attracting new business to Aberdeen,” said Colin Parker, chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour.
Other projects scheduled for 2012 include, the widening and deepening of the port’s navigation channel in order to accommodate the latest generation of vessels servicing the oil and gas and renewables industries.