The completion of a £30 million scheme to build a long-term future for Lerwick Harbour has earned the port a prestigious industry accolade.
Lerwick has received the 2021 Port of the Year Award in the annual Fishing News awards. The award recognises the port’s “excellence in service and amenities” and is used to set a benchmark for good practice.
It marks the culmination of years of investment with significant developments designed to create a modern hub for the fishing industry now completed.
Shetland is in the heart of rich and diverse fishing grounds. The new development includes a state-of-the-art fishmarket for handling the high quality whitefish landed daily.
The nomination for Lerwick stated: “The first whitefish to be landed into the new fishmarket at Lerwick in August 2020 marked a major milestone for all concerned.
“Featuring four temperature-controlled bays covering a floor area of 1,600m2, double the capacity of its predecessor, the new market building, which includes first-floor office accommodation for all the relevant fishing associations in Shetland, marked the culmination of a farsighted £30m-plus project to create a modern hub for the fishing industry that started over 10 years ago.
“Work included initial pre-dredging, constructing the 150m-long Mair’s Quay, reclaiming 1.45 hectares of land on which the new market and its service area now stand, and construction of the L-shaped Holmsgarth North development, which created 800m of deepwater berthing.”