MEMBER NEWS: Port of Aberdeen crowned Scotland’s largest port

September 1, 2023
MEMBER NEWS: Port of Aberdeen crowned Scotland’s largest port

Port of Aberdeen’s transformational £420 million expansion project is now fully operational.

Quayside construction is complete at Aberdeen South Harbour and the expanded port now offers its customers and port users 8km of quayside, making it Scotland’s largest berthage port.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will officially open South Harbour on Friday 22 September, marking the completion of the UK’s largest marine infrastructure project.

A public open day at the new harbour is being held on Sunday 24 September and will feature vessel tours, exhibitions from port stakeholders, children’s entertainment, and quality food and refreshments from local providers. Over 3,000 tickets have been secured by members of the public for the event in less than a week. The free ticketed event is available to book on Eventbrite here.

South Harbour adds an additional 1.5km of deepwater berths (up to a maximum of 15m depth) to the port estate and can accommodate ships up to 300m in length, a significant increase to the port’s previous capability of 165m. It also has extensive heavy-lift zones, and 125,000m2 of flexible laydown space with expansive project areas.

A remarkable feat of engineering and collaboration, South Harbour is a testament to Port of Aberdeen’s commitment to creating prosperity for generations and supporting the city’s growth in energy, trade and tourism.

The new facility has been heavily utilised since the phased opening began in July 2022. The new harbour has attracted longer, deeper and wider vessels, while supporting new projects that would have previously sailed by the city. This increased activity supports local jobs, attracts local supply chain spend and investment, and the profits are reinvested back into the port to improve the facilities for future generations.

Bob Sanguinetti, CEO, Port of Aberdeen said: “This is a momentous milestone for Port of Aberdeen, as the UK’s oldest business completes construction of the country’s newest harbour. This achievement reflects the dedication and determination of everyone involved in the project from concept to construction and now completion.

“The expanded Port of Aberdeen will play a pivotal role in supporting energy, trade and tourism growth across the region, and Scotland more widely, while supporting increased jobs and investment for decades to come.

“The official opening is fast approaching and we’re delighted that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is joining us for the occasion. Tickers are now also available for our free public event and we look forward to welcoming everyone to see this transformational development first hand.”

In conjunction with reaching this milestone, the port is also excited to unveil its newly refreshed website, designed to provide visitors with an enriched, user centric online experience. With an emphasis on usability and accessibility, the new website offers a clean, intuitive interface that makes it easier than ever for users to navigate and access the information they require and learn about Port of Aberdeen and the broader economic impact the port generates.

To explore the new website and learn more about the expanded Port of Aberdeen, please visit

Get in touch

AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise