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Bmt Nigel Gee Secures 85m Ropax Ferry Contract For Pentland FerriesThumbnail for article : Bmt Nigel Gee Secures 85m Ropax Ferry Contract For Pentland Ferries
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced a new project to design an 85m steel-hulled catamaran RoPax ferry for Strategic Marine, a subsidiary of Triyards Holding Limited.  The ferry is for Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries and BMT will be responsible for concept through to production design, working closely with Strategic Marine.  
17/3/2017
Gills Harbour AGM - Tuesday 21st March 2017Thumbnail for article : Gills Harbour AGM - Tuesday 21st March 2017
Notice of Annual General Meeting: On Tuesday 21.03.2017 @ 19.30.   Gills Harbour Ltd: A Community- owned trading Company limited by guarantee.  
New Year Bookings to Open with NorthLink FerriesThumbnail for article : New Year Bookings to Open with NorthLink Ferries
NorthLink Ferries is set to open bookings for travel to and from the Northern Isles for next year from Saturday (1 October).   Peter Hutchinson, customer service director at NorthLink Ferries, said: "NorthLink Ferries is happy to announce that bookings for 2017 are to be accepted from Saturday.  
22/9/2016
Huge Jackup Barge Arrives in Pentland Firth For Turbine Installation WorkThumbnail for article : Huge Jackup Barge Arrives in Pentland Firth For Turbine Installation Work
Jack-up barge Neptune arrives in the PF's Inner Sound early this afternoon 22.09.16.  German tug Elbe, which will be working closely with the self-propelled JU, is already on site.  
18/9/2016
Installation of underwater turbine and foundation structures at Pentland Firth: Notice to MarinersThumbnail for article : Installation of underwater turbine and foundation structures at Pentland Firth: Notice to Mariners
Update From Bill Mowatt.   'Notice to mariners': Installation of first tidal-stream turbine in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound at Atlantis RL's MeyGen site c.  
Record year for regional airport operatorThumbnail for article : Record year for regional airport operator
Regional airport operator HIAL has handled more passengers than ever, according to latest figures for the last financial year.  The airport group, which operates 11 airports across Scotland, handled 1,437,625 passengers in 2015/16, up by more than 6000 on the previous year.  
NorthLink Ferries honoured at national travel awardsThumbnail for article : NorthLink Ferries honoured at national travel awards
NorthLink Ferries, managed and operated by Serco on behalf of Transport Scotland, has scooped a national award at this year's Guardian and Observer Travel Awards.   Held in Scotland's capital on Friday 3 March, the ferry operator was awarded the title of ‘Best Ferry' at the annual ceremony, which celebrates the best in travel and tourism services across the world.  
NorthLink Ferries Set to Appear in Successful Shetland SeriesThumbnail for article : NorthLink Ferries Set to Appear in Successful Shetland Series
-- Location Fee Donated to Local Charity NorthLink Ferries is set to make its debut in the BBCs successful Shetland series this month.   Passenger ferry MV Hrossey will appear in the third series of the crime television programme, which stars Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, due to air from Friday 15 January 2016.  
Tasting Events to Continue On Board NorthLink FerriesThumbnail for article : Tasting Events to Continue On Board NorthLink Ferries
NorthLink Ferries is set to bring a series of events on board its services in 2016 following a successful Year of Food and Drink in 2015.   The events will continue the Scottish Governments celebration of food and drink from 2015 by showcasing local Orkney and Shetland producers throughout next year at a series of on board tastings.  
NorthLink Ferries Records Marine Sightings
NorthLink Ferries support of a new conservation initiative has proved successful, with five harbour porpoises, a striped dolphin and a pilot whale spotted in the first four months of the project by the ferry firms crew members.   The sightings, identified while NorthLink Ferries crew members travelled between the mainland and the northern isles, feed into a wider survey conducted by the marine mammal conservation charity ORCA.  
NorthLink Ferries Scoops National Fair Trade AwardThumbnail for article : NorthLink Ferries Scoops National Fair Trade Award
NorthLink Ferries has been named as the joint winner of a national award in recognition of the company's commitment to Fair Trade.  The award was presented at the Scottish Fair Trade Awards to the Northern Isles ferry service for its partnership with Aberdeen Fairtrade Steering Group and Orkney Fair Trade Group.  
Strong run of growth continues at HIALThumbnail for article : Strong run of growth continues at HIAL
Airport operator HIAL's strong run of growth in 2015 continued in the last quarter according to latest figures.  In the third quarter (July to September), the group recorded an extra 12,522 passengers (up 3.1%) compared to the same period in 2014.  
NorthLink Ferries Bookings Now Available for 2016Thumbnail for article : NorthLink Ferries Bookings Now Available for 2016
NorthLink Ferries is now accepting bookings for travel to and from Orkney and Shetland for next year.   The ferry operator will continue with its current timetable and fares as well as cater for popular events by providing a temporary revised schedule when required.  
19/9/2015
Gills Harbour Sees More Activity To Progress Energy ProjectsThumbnail for article : Gills Harbour Sees More Activity To Progress Energy Projects
On Friday 18th September 2015 the 24 metre-long rectangular steel multi-cat C-Chariot built in 2013 was to be seen loading a Data-fish buoy at Gills Harbour, Caithness.   North Sea systems Ltd who own the Datafish describe it on their web site (http://www.northseasystems.com/) as follows - "DataFish is North Sea System's metocean survey buoy for unforgiving marine environments.  
12/9/2015
Seabed cable-laying operations in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, off CanisbayThumbnail for article : Seabed cable-laying operations in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, off Canisbay
Seabed cable-laying operations in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, off Canisbay, which may occur in the period 10.09.15 to 25.09.15.   The cable ship being used in the Inner Sound is the 121 metre long Siem Daya 1 and she will reel in the four cables at Hartlepool in NE England.  
30/8/2015
Green Isle and Lodesman At Gills HarbourThumbnail for article : Green Isle and Lodesman At Gills Harbour
We thank John Green for his picture of what £4.5 million of marine renewables vessels + kit looks like when alongside at Gills Harbour..  
23/8/2015
Mini-ship Green Isle Begins Work In Pentland FirthThumbnail for article : Mini-ship Green Isle Begins Work In Pentland Firth
The most modern vessel in the Far North of Scotland's 'marine renewables' fleet is conducting debut operations in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound this week.  (commences 24.08.15).  
10/8/2015
David Stewart MSP Visits Gills HarbourThumbnail for article : David Stewart MSP Visits Gills Harbour
Scotland's Shadow Minister for Transport Mr David Stewart, Labour MSP for the Highlands & Islands constituency, has made a fact-finding visit to community-owned Gills Harbour on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound.   There he was shown around by three officers of Gills Harbour Ltd (GHL), the Canisbay company that owns and operates the Scottish Mainland's most Northerly port.  
NorthLink Ferries Join the Lookout for Scotland's Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
More than 12 NorthLink Ferries crew members have undertaken training to help them spot whales, dolphins and porpoise whilst sailing between the mainland and northern isles.   The training marks the start of a new partnership between NorthLink Ferries and ORCA as they launch OceanWatch - a new conservation initiative that begins on 25 July aiming to monitor and collect data on marine life around the UK coastline and adjoining waters Speaking of the recent training and partnership, Captain Stuart McCallum, Marine Manager at Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: "Marine life is extremely vast and varied in the North Sea and through ORCA's OceanWatch training we hope to be able to obtain a snapshot of whale, dolphin and porpoise presence in these waters.  
10/5/2015
Gills Harbour Spring, 2015 - Gearing UpThumbnail for article : Gills Harbour Spring, 2015 - Gearing Up
Community-owned Gills Harbour is the most Northerly seaport on the British mainland, lying on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, just off the A 836 road, only four miles West of John O'Groats.   The spring of 2015 has seen some significant developments locally, both in sea-transport and marine electricity, that bode well for the future of the little port on the inland 'apex' of Gills Bay; it belongs to the 600 people living along the North coast.