Offering You a Wide Range of Services 24/7

The Cromarty Firth has a diverse business portfolio making the most of its deep sheltered waters and modern port facilities. Such activities as inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) of oil rigs, deep anchorages, subsea engineering, bulk, project and general cargo handling and cruise business are undertaken on a daily basis.

Safety is paramount both from marine and land activities within the Firth and we are proud of our reputation.

We have invested in new facilities and continuing improvements to meet the emerging offshore renewables industry; the Cromarty Firth is the closest deep water port to the Beatrice and Moray proposed wind farm projects.

We would be pleased to discuss your requirements and to play a positive role in bringing your projects to a successful result.

Offshore Structure Inspection,
Repair and Maintenance (IRM)

The Cromarty Firth is the UK’s premier port facility for IRM works, with dedicated berths and mooring facilities, adjoining hard standing and heavy lift crane pads. With over 450 rig days alongside in a year, this is the port of choice in the UK for rig refurbishments and survey works. A strong locally based supply chain can meet all your needs.

The Port provides a flexible approach to your needs and is pleased to work with you in delivering a safe, efficient and timely stay with us. Able to accommodate semi-submersible and jack-up rigs.

Port Facilities

  • Sheltered deep water
  • 300m of quayside, water depths up to 14m alongside
  • Accessible 24 hours a day
  • 1,000t load out capacity
  • 4,000m2 warehouse/workshop
  • 30,000m2 of hard standing
  • Office space for short and long term
  • Local supply chain expertise

Hot and Cold Stacking of Anchored Rigs and Marine Structures

The sheltered cat ‘C’ waters within the Cromarty Firth provide the ideal location for safely storing offshore energy structures, with allocated proven anchorage areas and good holding grounds.

Hot and cold stacking capacity is available for rigs in water depths of between 20 and 40 metres.

Deep water locations provide for inclination testing and jack up leg inspections. Good access for staff and equipment transfers.

Standby tugs are available in the event of an emergency. The Port of Cromarty Firth has an excellent reputation and a long standing track record in safely loading rigs onto and/or offloading rigs from large specialist carrier vessels.

Port Facilities

  • Sheltered deep water
  • Cat C waters
  • Water depths up to 55m
  • Accessible 24 hours a day
  • Multi User Port facility
  • Major contractors locally based
  • Office space for short and long term
  • ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001 accredited

One Stop Shop for Subsea Structure
Fabrication and Maintenance

The Cromarty Firth can provide a specialist supply chain to meet all your requirements in the fabrication and maintenance of subsea structures. Many of the largest subsea contractors use the Cromarty Firth regularly for fabrication, servicing and maintenance, utilising the excellent base at Invergordon with its large lay-down area and fabrication facilities.

A local supply chain experienced in all elements of subsea engineering is able to fabricate and repair large manifolds, jackets and caissons, with direct quay access at locations throughout the Firth.

Highland Deephaven has a world-class pipe spooling facility with stern-to loading berth.

Mobilisation and demobilisation berthing facilities are available for subsea vessels, with good heavy crane access and the ability to utilise the vessels own deck cranes direct to the quay.

Experienced stevedoring companies are available to meet your requirements.

The Cromarty Firth has no weather restrictions, access and working is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year, with no working restrictions other than environmental and safety requirements.

Port Facilities

  • 260t heavy umbilical reel loading / unloading capability
  • Subsea manifold, spool and riser fabrication and loadout
  • 35 acres of prime hardstanding for spool and manifold fabrication
  • Mobile cranes up to 1000t
  • 300m of quayside, with water depths up to 14m available alongside
  • Multi user facility
  • 4,000m2 warehouse/workshops
  • Secure site with gatehouse entry and CCTV footage

Servicing the Renewables Industry,
Wind, Wave and Tidal

Port of Cromarty Firth provides modern port facilities and boasts a proven track record in onshore and offshore wind assembly and logistics. The local supply chain has experience in the fabrication, assembly and disassembly of prototype wave and tidal generators. Heavy loading assembly and storage land adjoining the deep water quays are available, with the benefit of dedicated heavy lift crane pads.

Experienced fabricators are on site, with warehouse facilities fitted with overhead cranes (eve height up to 30 metres).

The port is the closest deep water facility to both the Beatrice and Moray offshore wind farms, with good rail and road access capable of providing all marine services for construction and maintenance phases.

Port Facilities

  • Over 300 complete onshore turbines delivered by sea and road
  • Assembly, testing and shipping of two offshore 5MW turbines
  • 400m of quayside with adjoining storage land
  • Prime hard standing for secure, clean storage
  • Accessible 24 hours a day. 365 days a year
  • Major contractors locally based, offering total project delivery
  • In excess of £25 million invested in facilities

The Port is the ideal location for North Sea decommissioning activities and has the necessary experience, capacity and supply chain already in place.

The Port has the essential heavy lifting capability, licensing and water depth to accept the largest structures and the latest heavy-lift vessels. It has a wide entrance channel, with water depths ranging from 15m to 26m at chart datum (reaching up to 50m within the Firth). The Port is well known for its deep, sheltered waters, which are open all year round.

Port Facilities

  • Strategically located to support central and northern North Sea
  • Multi-user facility, open to all contractors (no exclusive alliance)
  • All permits in place to meet the latest environmental regulations

Handling facilities available to
meet all your Stevedoring needs

The local supply chain can provide specialist equipment and the Port has the necessary facilities to meet all your bulk and general cargo handling needs. The Port today handles a large variety of general cargo – bulk, unitised and project.

Dedicated berthing and bulk cargo handling facilities with quay side grabbing
and hook crane capability.

Able to accommodate vessels of up to 50,000 DWT at a draft of 11 metres
at all states of the tide.

Heavy lift cargo capability at the Invergordon Service Base using mobile cranage
up to 1,000 tonnes SWL.

Experienced stevedoring companies and cargo handling equipment are available in the Cromarty Firth to meet your requirements.

Port Facilities

  • Dedicated craneage and hoppers
  • Able to accommodate large deep drafted vessels at all states of tide
  • Trained and experienced stevedoring contractors
  • Good transport access to quays and to major trunk road network
  • Open and covered storage
  • Ability to handle import and export of bulk and utilised cargoes.
  • Secure site with gatehouse entry and CCTV
  • Mobile plant and handling equipment

Dedicated services and facilities to meet all your needs

The Invergordon Service Base was constructed in the 1980s and is owned and operated by the Cromarty Firth Port Authority (Port of Cromarty Firth). Major tenants include offshore fabrication, logistics support and vessel agencies.

There are 350 metres of alongside quay plus a further 145 metres of wet dock quay.

Facilities include 43,600m2 of storage and fabrication land, 10,000m2 of quay area and 6,300m2of car parking. The entire site is secured under the ISPS code and has full CCTV coverage with security staff on site 24 hours a day. There are dedicated vessel bunkering facilities, transit sheds, modern weighbridge provision and project office accommodation.

The port’s team would be pleased to assist you in delivering your short and long term port requirements in a safe and efficient manner.

Port Facilities

  • ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001 accredited
  • Offices available for short to long term rent
  • 24 hour access
  • Modern, diversified port facilities
  • Proven track record
  • Skilled labour force
  • Good communication links

Main Contacts

Cromarty Firth Port Authority, Port Office, Shore Road, Invergordon, IV18 0HD

+44 (0) 1349 852308

Chief Executive – Bob Buskie
General Manager – Calum Slater
Commercial & Finance – Richard Fea
Business Development – Joanne Allday
Marketing and PR – Stuart MacDonald Butler

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