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Caithness People Urged To Give Views on New Faster Ferry Services Gills/BurwickThumbnail for article : Caithness People Urged To Give Views on New Faster Ferry Services Gills/Burwick
Independent questionnaire conducted for Pentland Ferries Ltd by 'Survey Monkey' about the desirability of a 'real' short-sea-crossing of Pentland Firth Gills Harbour, Caithness to a 'new' RO:RO terminal at Burwick, just eight miles across the water.   Give Your Views In the survey HERE Folk in Caithness who travel by ferry to Orkney have only a few more days to vote if they would like to see a new route developed from Gills Harbour that would cut the Pentland Firth sea-crossing time to just half-an-hour.  
20/10/2014
Mojo Maritime and James Fisher Marine Services Ready For Meygen's Inner Sound Tidal ProjectThumbnail for article : Mojo Maritime and James Fisher Marine Services Ready For Meygen's Inner Sound Tidal Project
Mojo Maritime has signed a contract with James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) which will see them provide significant marine operational and engineering expertise to the construction phase of the MeyGen Inner Sound tidal project.   Over the next two years, Mojo will work closely with JFMS carrying out the detailed design, planning and execution of the subsea cable, foundation and turbine installation.  
20/10/2014
Meygen Returns To Caithness To Update Locals On Progress
MeyGen Ltd's Chief Executive Officer Mr Dan Pearson to speak in public about progress with its Marine Power Station on 22nd October 2014.   Mr Dan Pearson, the Chief Executive Officer of MeyGen Ltd, is to address folk in North East Caithness from the platform at Mey Village Hall, in NE Caithness, on the evening of Wednesday October 22nd at 7:30 pm.  
23/9/2014
Gills Harbour At Biggest Electricity Conference
Scotland's most Northerly port represented at 2014 biggest conference of the year devoted solely to electricity from the seas.   The managers of the Scottish mainland's most Northerly port, on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, were represented at this week's Marine Conference in Inverness organised by trade representative body Scottish Renewables (SR).  
17/9/2014
Leask Marine Collects AwardThumbnail for article : Leask Marine Collects Award
At the Fourth annual Energy North Awards held in Inverness saw Leask Marine collect the top award for the Best Renewable Energy Service Supplier.   Organised by Energy North the event recognises the important contribution companies from across the region make to the success of the renewable energy and supply chain industries.  
5/9/2014
Technical Data Gathering In The Pentland FirthThumbnail for article : Technical Data Gathering In The Pentland Firth
The Most Extensive & Practical Science and Engineering Project in Far North of Scotland (Caithness) perhaps since Dounreay's Operational Closure in 1994 Takes Place this Month (09.2014) from Gills Harbour: turbulence in tidal-streams.   The most extensive science and engineering research project to take place in Caithness for many years is occurring this month (September, 2014) from a base at Gills Harbour, on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound.  
31/7/2014
Wick Set To Become Beatrice Operation and Maintenance BaseThumbnail for article : Wick Set To Become Beatrice Operation and Maintenance Base
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL), a joint venture partnership formed between SSE Renewables (75%) and Repsol Nuevas Energias UK (25%), has announced that Wick Harbour is likely to become the future location of the Beatrice offshore wind farm Operation and Maintenance base (O&M).   A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been finalised with Wick Harbour Authority and BOWL this week.  
19/7/2014
Nicola Sturgeon At Wick HarbourThumbnail for article : Nicola Sturgeon At Wick Harbour
The Scottish cabinet was in Wick on monday 14th July 2014..  
6/6/2014
Delegates To Innovation Conference Visit Gills HarbourThumbnail for article : Delegates To Innovation Conference Visit Gills Harbour
GILLS BAY/PENTLAND FIRTH'S INNER SOUND VISIT BY DELEGATES TO TOP-LEVEL INNOVATION CONFERENCE HOSTED BY THURSO'S ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, PART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS.   A top team of Scottish-based scientists, engineers and academics sailed out to the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound from Gills Bay on a fact-finding mission to see at first hand the fast-flowing waters above the seabed site of the UK's first planned 'marine electricity' power-station.  
30/4/2014
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP to visit Gills Harbour
Scotland's Energy Minister Mr Fergus Ewing, MSP, has promised to pay a visit to Gills Harbour, on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound.   The Minister made the pledge to harbour company chairman Mr Bill Mowat, prior to Mr Ewing providing a keynote speech to the annual Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference in Inverness on April 24th.  
11/4/2014
Sea Survival Trainng Course - RYA FIRST AIDThumbnail for article : Sea Survival Trainng Course - RYA FIRST AID
First course being run in Wick Wednesday 30th April 2014 This is a one day course and it covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective.   It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers or at sea.  
9/4/2014
FloWave Test Tank Facility Can Simulate Pentland Firth ConditionsThumbnail for article : FloWave Test Tank Facility Can Simulate Pentland Firth Conditions
EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY'S MULTI-MILLION POUND BRAND-NEW 'FloWave TT' FACILITY IS A WORLD-LEADER THAT CAN SIMULATE ACTUAL PENTLAND FIRTH WAVE AND TIDAL SEA-CONDITIONS.   One of the biggest and most complex scientific instruments ever devised and built in Scotland will be 'in commercial action' for the first time this Spring (2014) at its site near Blackford Hill in Edinburgh.  
30/3/2014
Gills Harbour Works Repair Storm DamageThumbnail for article : Gills Harbour Works Repair Storm Damage
Works have been going on at the Inner Basin of Gills Harbour, on the North coast of Caithness, during the past few weeks.   The project, which is being undertaken mostly using large back-hoe excavators, is mainly aimed at removing boulders and loose jagged rocks from the Basin's sea-floor.  
14/3/2014
Heavy Lift Pad Construction Underway At Wick HarbourThumbnail for article : Heavy Lift Pad Construction  Underway At Wick Harbour
Wick Harbour Authority is making progress with its plans to create a heavy-lift facility on the commercial quay at Wick harbour, with contractors Gunns Lybster Ltd having now begun the work.   The project, and its associated dredging works, was supported by CNSRP partners HIE and NDA respectively and is the first of several proposed phases of work to position the harbour as a key player in the energy sector, with the current focus being on potential to benefit from the development of Offshore Wind in the Moray Firth.  
9/2/2014
C-Odyssey at Gills Harbour Thumbnail for article : C-Odyssey at Gills Harbour
Report - Bill Mowatt The flagship of the largest fleet of 'marine renewables support vessels' in Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters has been on a two-day operational working visit to Gills Harbour in Caithness.   The versatile C-Odyssey has been specifically designed to service the fledgling industry and was delivered new to owners/operators Leask Marine Ltd, of Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, from a shipyard in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2011, at a reported cost of over £3 million.  
24/1/2014
Impromptu Meeting With A Top UK Cabinet Minister At Gills
The three officer-bearers of the community company which owns and operates Gills Harbour, the Scottish mainland’s most Northerly port in Caithness, held a surprise impromptu meeting with a top UK Cabinet Minister on Friday 24th January, 2014.   The Rt.  
21/1/2014
A New Class Of Ship Will Match Pentland Firth ConditionsThumbnail for article : A New Class Of Ship Will Match Pentland Firth Conditions
Mojo Maritime reaches a major milestone in building the Hi Flo 4 offshore construction vessel.   Mojo Maritime has signed, on 16 January, a Memorandum of Understanding with Hammonia Reederei GmbH & Co.  
6/12/2013
TOP-LEVEL TEAM FROM THE CROWN ESTATE VISITS GILLS HARBOUR.Thumbnail for article : TOP-LEVEL TEAM FROM THE CROWN ESTATE VISITS GILLS HARBOUR.
A high-powered team from the Crown Estate visited Gills Harbour this week where it met directors of its Canisbay community-owned port and its (partial) lessee Mr Andrew Banks, managing director of Pentland Ferries Ltd.   'Preliminary discussions' on several matters of mutual interest took place, including a brief introduction to and description of the present 'Coastal Community Fund'.  
24/10/2013
HIE Team Visits Gills Harbour
TOP-LEVEL HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS ENTERPRISE TEAM VISITS GILLS HARBOUR IN LATE OCTOBER, 2013.   A top-level team from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government's North of Scotland jobs agency, visited Gills Harbour and were given a tour of its facilities this week (21.10.13) by the office-bearers of its Canisbay community owners, Gills Harbour Ltd (GHL).  
24/10/2013
MeyGen Surveys UnderwayThumbnail for article : MeyGen Surveys Underway
In recent weeks members of the Caithness public may have noticed some activity by MeyGen Ltd.  around the Pentland Firth Inner Sound and at Ness of Quoys.