The first section of a new £16.5million jetty for the fishing and offshore industries has been handed over to Lerwick Port Authority (LPA) by contractor Tulloch Developments.
Early completion of the 361ft section at Holmsgarth North clears the way for the demolition of the nearby former Shell jetty, which has been used by fishing boats for layby.
Holmsgarth North is one of several current developments, worth a total of about £30million, due for completion this year.
Port charges for 2016 are up by 1% following rises in line with inflation in recent years, with no additional increases sought to fund developments.
LPA chief executive Sandra Laurenson said: “We recognise the importance of costs to harbour users, particularly in difficult market conditions.
“Our aim is to fund investments from our ongoing business model of normal annual inflation.”
The Holmsgarth North project and a quay extension at Dales Voe for the offshore industry are both backed by Bank of Scotland funding, with the latter also supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
The completed 2,600ft-plus, L-shaped Holmsgarth North jetty will provide deeper berthing and more working area for the fishing fleet. The outer arm will house a planned new white-fish market, with it also being suitable for berthing offshore industry vessels and cruise ships.