Administration of the harbours became our responsibility in the sixties. Since 1974, larger and smaller repairs and improvements have been made on nearly all harbours in the Faroes. Some of the usual landing places have gradually been reconstructed into harbours. In 2010 a total of five national harbours were in the Faroe Islands. The respectful municipalities own and run all the other harbours in the country.
Up until the fifties the harbours were built for passenger use and freight transportation. Most of the new harbours are built as fishing harbours, designed for ships that are 30-40 meters long and draw 4-5 meters.
Today many of these harbours are fully developed for both passenger ships and freight ships that can be over 100 meters long and draw seven meters.