First ship-to-ship transfer in nearly three years

The transfer taking place on Thursday. Photo: Garry Sandison

THE FIRST ship-to-ship transfer of crude oil at Sullom Voe in nearly three years took place on Thursday.

Around 500,000 barrels of oil produced from EnQuest’s Kraken field east of Shetland were transferred from the shuttle tanker Heather Knutsen to Greek-registered tanker Speedway.

The news is a boost to activity at the port of Sullom Voe, which is operated by Shetland Islands Council.

Harbour board chairwoman Andrea Manson said the local authority’s “continued investment in the essential infrastructure of the port demonstrates our commitment to supporting the North Sea oil industry for many years to come.”

It also marks the first new business for Sullom Voe Terminal since EnQuest began operating the facility last year, with the team handling logistical support to the council for the ship-to-ship transfer.

Bob Davenport, managing director of EnQuest’s North Sea business, said: “We are pleased to have worked with Shetland Islands Council, the operators of the port, and our other stakeholders to deliver the first ship-to-ship transfer at the port since 2015.

“Ship-to-ship transfer is just one of the activities we are progressing with other stakeholders to maximise the long-term value of the terminal.”

The last ship-to-ship transfer of crude oil at the port of Sullom Voe took place in December 2015.

Tankers usually export crude oil stored at the terminal.

The port is operated by the council as a major deep water harbour, including four jetties and shoreside infrastructure.