Aberdeen Harbour

Aberdeen Harbour is one of the City’s oldest institutions and makes a very significant contribution to the local and national economy as Scotland’s largest operational port.

Latterly, it has become the support centre for the North Sea oil and gas industry, but its historical influence and economic importance dates back many hundreds of years.

Project details

The proposal has been identified as one of 14 National Developments in the Draft NPF3 and will provide:

  • Harbour expansion
  • Additional deepwater facilities
  • Improved connections between harbour and city

As a city centre port, redevelopment is required to improve the connections between the Harbour and the City, both physically and visually. The first stage of an extensive masterplanning process has been undertaken and has received Council recognition for its approach to partnership working and community engagement following interactions with communities and businesses around the Harbour. The Development Framework for Aberdeen Harbour has been adopted as supplementary planning guidance.

Recent instructions relate to plans to expand the Harbour into nearby Nigg Bay. The proposal has been identified as a National Development in the Draft NPF3 as well as having status in the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan and emerging Local Development Plan.