Port of Aberdeen
If North Sea oil is the Granite City's life blood, then Port of Aberdeen, one of the longest established ports in the UK, is its beating heart. This success didn't happen overnight with evidence that Romans were the first traders to use the port and according to Guiness Book of Business Records, it is Britain's oldest business.
Port of Aberdeen is one of the UK’s busiest ports annually handling around 9,500 vessel arrivals and over four million tonnes of cargo, valued at approximately £1.5 billion, for a wide range of industries.
With world-class infrastructure, strategic location, direct access to an expert supply chain, competitive charges and diversity of traffic, it serves Scotland's third city and an extensive hinterland.
Behind these figures lie countless inspiring stories of the men and women who contribute to its success which made the ideal subject for the documentary makers behind the acclaimed BBC TV series 'The Harbour'.
More than 60% of Port of Aberdeen’s South Harbour development is now operational, marking the penultimate construction milestone in this transformational project.
Nearby Torry Battery, formerly fortified and last used defensively in WWII is now an ancient monument. Today it is an excellent viewing spot for dolphins at play and is a popular destination for tourists wishing to view some wildlife whilst staying in a city. Close by are the remains of a rocket-propelled life-saving apparatus station and a Robert Stevenson - designed lighthouse and accompanying disused foghorn.
At Torry Battery Car park you get an exquisite view of the resident bottlenose dolphins feeding in the harbour mouth.