Ship-to-Ship Transfer at Sullom Voe

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday September 14 2018

A successful ship-to-ship transfer of crude oil took place yesterday at the Port of Sullom Voe, the first such transfer since December 2015.

The Heather Knutsen, a 277-metre-long, Canadian-registered shuttle tanker transferred around 500,000 barrels of crude oil to the Speedway, a 274-metre-long, Greek-registered tanker.

The oil originated at the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Armada Kraken at the Enquest-operated Kraken field in the East Shetland Basin, around 80 miles east of Bressay.

Shetland Islands Council operates the Port of Sullom Voe as a major deep-water harbour, including four jetties and shoreside infrastructure. 

The port can accommodate some of the largest tankers in the world, normally to export crude oil stored at Sullom Voe Terminal.  

Andrea Manson, Chair of the Harbour Board says:

“I’m pleased to see this successful ship-to-ship transfer taking place.

“Our continued investment in the essential infrastructure of the port demonstrates our commitment to supporting the North Sea oil industry for many years to come.”



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