Aberdeen Harbour continued to strengthen its position as a key economic driver throughout 2011, with record growth in traffic. In line with previous years, overall vessel tonnage increased by seven per cent, from 24.2 million gross tonnes in 2010, to 25.9 million gross tonnes in 2011.
This amounted to an increase in annual turnover of six per cent, rising from £22.64million in 2010 to £24.1million in 2011 and a retained profit of £2.11million in 2011, compared to £1.13million in 2010.
With upwards of £15.5million invested in projects throughout 2011, including the first phase of the Torry Quay redevelopment and the creation of stronger and deeper quays at Commercial Quay East, the port was able to handle larger vessels and more diverse cargoes, including six shipments of wind turbine parts destined for the Hill of Towie onshore wind farm project in Aberdeenshire.
Aberdeen Harbour Board has planned a further £20million for continued development throughout 2012.