Port information

AIDAaura on her maiden voyage - and South Harbour's first cruise call 2023 (c) none


Port of Aberdeen has a proven track record of welcoming boutique cruise vessels and now extends that expertise to larger vessels at the new £400m South Harbour. The port is well positioned to become a major player in the UK cruise industry and has already seen Aberdeenshire recently highlighted by Good Housekeeping as best place to visit in 2023.
Stretching from the mountains to the sea, with “one of the most architecturally distinctive cities in Europe” to “one of the world’s most outstanding coastlines”, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, in North-East Scotland, truly is a majestic tourism destination.

The region offers everything from a profound maritime heritage to cutting-edge culture, colourful street art tours and impressive architecture plus captivating castles, glorious seascapes, ancient sites and mysterious standing stones, quaint fishing villages and sandy coves along with picturesque havens to explore such as Portsoy to the north and Stonehaven to the south.

Port attractions

  1.  Balmoral Castle

    Queen Victoria described Balmoral, in Royal Deeside, as her ‘dear paradise in the Highlands’ and it remains a private home of the Royal Family, with grounds and gardens open to visitors.
  2.  Duthie Park

    Duthie Park, a fabulous 44-acre park located in the city is a purposely designed park, with superb flower beds, ponds, statues and the David Welch Winter Gardens for exotic plant lovers.
  3.  Aberdeen Maritime Museum

    Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the Sea. This award-winning museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing.
  4.  Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

    Listed in the Top 10 courses in Scotland this is the 8th oldest golf course in the world. A traditional out and back links course it is regarded by many as having the finest first nine holes in golf.
  5.  Whisky Tours

    Take a trip to visit one of the many distilleries and find out why we call whisky the ‘water of life’. Tours range from basic to detailed, and many distilleries offer tutored tastings.
  6.  Castle Fraser

    Castle Fraser is the most elaborate Z-plan castle in Scotland >300 acres (1.2 km2) of landscaped grounds, woodland and farmland which includes a walled kitchen garden of the 19th century.

Port views

The harbour by night
MS Fram at Aberdeen
Welcome Silver Cloud II
Aberdeen South Harbour
Bon Voyage!
Aberdeen Harbour
Silver Wind - 2018 visit

Port facts

Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
Max. Draught, M:
More Info Draught:
Max. Air Draught, M:
no restriction
More Info Air Draught:
no restriction
No. Of Quays:
Quay Length Total, M:
545 (Castlegate), 300 (Balmoral) - South Harbour
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Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
On-shore power supply to cruise vessels:
LNG bunkering supply to cruise vessels:
Supplying alternative fuels:
Reception Facilities for Contaminated Ballast Water:
Reception Facilities for Waste Oils:
Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
Shore power within the next 5 years
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
Additional requirements for first-time connectio/max. duration between connections before process reapplies
Connection Time
Connection time from all fast to full operational SSE (Shore Side Electricity)
Disconnection time
Uninterrupted power supply guaranteed by shore power provider whilst connected
Restrictions / Penalties / Insurance
Weather conditions/restrictions/other limitations for safe use of SSE
Penalties in case of failure to connect by the ship: weather/itinerary changes/technical issues
Insurance covering any potential damage caused by the SSE
Port Fees
Utility standard/usage fees in addition to kWh rate
Tax/duty fees applicable
Other fees related to shore power
Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA

Port contacts


Marlene Mitchell, Commercial Manager
16 Regent Quay
AB11 5SS Aberdeen
United Kingdom
+44 (0)12 24 59 70 00


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Page last updated: 2023-11-08 11:39


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