Port of Cromarty Firth has the necessary permits, infrastructure, experience, capacity and supply chain in place to provide a turnkey solution for the decommissioning of Central and Northern North Sea oil and gas assets.

Port of Cromarty Firth is capable of decommissioning the largest offshore production platforms and subsea structures and is already a proven natural choice for decommissioning projects. The Cromarty Firth is perfectly located to support central and northern North Sea decommissioning projects.

It offers multiple sheltered, deep-water berths with no tidal or weather constraints, meaning 24/7/365 unrestricted access to facilitate quick vessel turnarounds and optimise vessel chartering costs. There is a well-established, experienced onsite supply chain with extensive offshore engineering, logistics and waste management expertise.

Decommissioning Berths

Quay West is a new 372m berth with a minimum water depth of 12m and over 90,000sqm of accompanying laydown area. It has the ability to take structures up to 12,000 tonnes across its quayside with heavy lift pads available to ensure the largest structures and cranes can be accommodated. Berths 2-4 is the deepest on the East Coast of Scotland. It has water depths up to 14m at chart datum, a quayside capable of taking vessels up to 300m and access to a 20,000sqm laydown area.

The sheltered Queens Dock facility has established itself as one of the leading facilities in Europe for the inspection, repair and maintenance of oil and gas drilling rigs, offering great protection for underwater work.

The facility offers a quayside that can take vessels up to 140m in length and access to a 20,000sqm laydown area.

Your choice of suppliers

The uniqueness of the offering for the decommissioning market resides in the Port’s open port philosophy.

This means that P.P.C. and R.S.A. permits covering the Invergordon Service Base are held by the Port, enabling the processing of 50,000 tonnes of structures annually. Contractors and operators can therefore choose to work with the Port’s established supply chain alliances, ranging from demolition and dismantling contractors to waste management and NORM decontamination specialists or bring their own to the site.

Marine Salvage International

When a ship or floating/offshore asset reaches the end of its economic or functioning life (generally 20 years and older), the unit is sold for recycling. The assets are sold/purchased based on the weight of the steel: This is known as a per / LDT (Light Displacement Tonnage) transaction with most of the constituent parts being melted down for recycling or re-used as follows:

  • The ship’s steel is cut into processed lengths, which are re-used in steel/re-rolling mills.
  • The main engine, generators, and pumps onboard are resold into the second-hand market.
  • Non-ferrous metals from cables and panels are extracted for their metal content.
  • Lifeboats, furniture, galley items, and various other reusables are re-certified and sold for reuse or gifted to local communities.

In essence, marine asset recycling truly helps to extend a assets “useful” life well beyond its intended design. In today’s marine recycling business, companies such as Marine Salvage International are key players/stakeholders, who purchase a vessel/asset, from the Owners and redeliver the ship/offshore asset to our recycling facilities. Buyers such as Marine Salvage International are not brokers, they are PRINCIPALS/TRADERS, and they can take delivery of vessels/assets on both “delivered” and “as is where is” terms. Our service gives you access to the competence, skills and experience of an industry-leading purchase, decommissioning and recycling company. Minor or complex marine recycling, decommissioning, scrap processing and asset recovery operations can all be undertaken. Marine Salvage International services cover the entire process from asset purchase to preparation through to removal, transport, onshore disposal and dry dock recycling. Marine Salvage International currently operates from its “exclusive” facilities and offices in London, Cromarty Port, Great Yarmouth, Norway, Las Palmas, Belfast and The Kingdom of Bahrain.