THE SELLA Ness area near Sullom Voe Terminal was evacuated on Thursday morning after a “potentially suspicious package” was found.
Police Scotland was made aware of the package shortly after 10.30am, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
The emergency services were notified after the item raised the alarm when being scanned by staff at Sullom Voe Terminal’s delivery processing facility at Sella Ness.
The police and the ambulance service attended and the immediate area was evacuated as a precaution.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Following enquiries and examination of the package, it was found to be genuine and pose no risk to the public.
“Everyone affected is thanked for their understanding and patience.”
A spokesman for Shetland Islands Council said staff working for the ferries and ports and harbour departments had all been evacuated from their building.
The council would not comment on the details of the package.
The Sullom Voe harbour tugs berthed at Sella Ness had been ordered to leave the area and waited off Ollaberry. The berthing of the tanker Thornbury had been put off while the incident was ongoing.
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