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24/5/2013
First Tidal Stream Installation Ship Being Built For Pentland FirthThumbnail for article : First Tidal Stream Installation Ship Being Built For Pentland Firth
New updated sketch 'renderings' of the World's first purpose-built tidal stream turbine installation ship, the planned HiFlo-4 catamaran vessel, have just been released by her designers Mojo Maritime Ltd, of Falmouth, Cornwall, one of Britain's most technologically-innovative 'green' marine energy specialist engineering companies.   Its managing director Captain Richard Parkinson has told Gills Harbour Ltd's chairman that its innovative vessel is on track for being delivered from her builder's shipyard during the summer of 2015.  
24/5/2013
Orcadia Work-boat Visits Gills HarbourThumbnail for article : Orcadia Work-boat Visits Gills Harbour
The powerful modern 25 metre 'multi-cat' vessel 'Orcadia' berthed at Gills Harbour on Friday morning 17th May 2013; her first call there this year.   She is owned and operated by Scotmarine Ltd, of Stromness, Orkney, one of a group of 'marine renewables' companies in the islands founded and headed by entrepreneur Barry Johnston.  
15/5/2013
Gills Harbour Planning For Pentland Firth EnergyThumbnail for article : Gills Harbour Planning For Pentland Firth Energy
Some indicative Pentland Firth energy sketches relating to Gills Bay/Gills Harbour, Caithness, KW1 4YB.   The sketches have been drafted for Gills Harbour Ltd by Mark Fresson, a senior architect at Archial Ltd's North of Scotland office in Inverness and kindly donated to community-owned Gills company.  
9/5/2013
Gills Harbour Visit By Highland Council ConvenorThumbnail for article : Gills Harbour Visit By Highland Council Convenor
Two top Highland Council leaders have been paying a fact-finding visit to Gills Harbour.   Council convener Councillor Jimmy Gray and Caithness & Sutherland Area Committee chair Councillor Deirdre Mackay looked over facilities at the busy Canisbay facility, on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound.  
GROWTH HERALDS POSITIVE END TO WINTER FLYING SEASON
Passenger numbers at Scotland’s regional airports grew last month, heralding a positive end to the winter season.   Latest figures from airport operator HIAL show that its 11 airports handled 103,616 passengers in March, an increase of 5,507 (+5.6%) on last March.  
HIAL launches draft Gaelic Language Plan
Regional airports group HIAL has today launched a draft Gaelic Language Plan for consultation.   In common with other public authorities, HIAL is required by the Scottish Government to produce a Gaelic Language Plan under the terms of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005.  
29/3/2013
Local Connections Of Man Appointed To Lead Tidal Turbines Installations
Local roots of lead installations engineer for first tidal-stream turbies to enter Inner Sound.   A Caithness-descended sub-sea engineer, who is proud of his Canisbay parish roots, is to take charge of the installation of the very first electricity-generating tidal turbine in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound next year (2014).  
Helicopters Boost Wick John O’Groats Airport To Strong Air Traffic GrowthThumbnail for article : Helicopters Boost Wick John O’Groats Airport To Strong Air Traffic Growth
Passenger numbers at Scotland’s regional airports increased by 2.2% last month.   Latest figures from airport operator HIAL show that its 11 airports handled 87,476 passengers in February, an increase of 1,869 passengers compared to the same month last year.  
22/2/2013
Devices Placed In Pentland Firth to Take MeasurementsThumbnail for article : Devices Placed In Pentland Firth to Take Measurements
Report by Bill Mowat The vessel was there for Mojo Maritime Ltd of Falmouth, Cornwall and was in port to deploy three 'Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler' (ADCP) devices on the seabed of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound.   This was undertaken for MeyGen Ltd, the company that holds the Crown Estate's seabed licence for that part of the Firth as a site for development as 'the world's first commercial tidal stream electricity power station'.  
PASSENGER BOOST FOR REGIONAL AIRPORTS
Scotland’s regional airport operator got off to a strong start to 2013, with a significant rise in passenger numbers in January.   Latest figures from airport group HIAL show that its 11 airports handled 84,981 passengers last month, an increase of 9.1% on January 2012.  
HIAL AIRPORTS END 2012 ON A HIGHThumbnail for article : HIAL AIRPORTS END 2012 ON A HIGH
Scottish regional airport operator HIAL ended the year on a high with an increase in passengers in December and in 2012 as a whole.   Latest figures show that HIAL’s 11 airports handled 1,283,362 passengers in 2012, an increase of 3.1% on the previous year.  
No Ferries Sailings From Aberdeen To The Isles
Serco NorthLink Ferries has confirmed that sailings between the Northern Isles and Aberdeen today (21 December) have been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.   According to current weather forecasts storms will halt sailings until Sun 23 December.  
Further Cancellations on Northern Isles Ferry Services
Serco NorthLink has issued another warning to customers as severe weather continues to disrupt ferry services linking Aberdeen with Orkney and Shetland.   The operator is in the process of contacting customers booked on services between today and Christmas to advise them most sailings are likely to be cancelled.  
NorthLink Issues Warning to Travellers - Ferries Cancellations Due To Impending Severe Weather
Severe Weather Due to Disrupt Services Serco NorthLink has warned customers to expect unprecedented disruption to services as forecasts predict severe weather until Christmas Eve.   The ferry operator brought today’s southbound sailing from Lerwick forward to 1300hrs, with arrival in Kirkwall expected at 1800hrs.  
Energy Sector Boosts Passenger Numbers At HIAL AirportsThumbnail for article : Energy Sector Boosts Passenger Numbers At HIAL Airports
Passenger numbers at Scotland’s regional airports jumped by more than 10% last month, with the booming energy sector responsible for much of the growth.   Latest figures from airport operator HIAL show that its 11 airports handled 101,701 passengers in November, an increase of 10.5% on the same month last year.  
Serco NorthLink Ferries Disappointed Over Strike Action Go-Ahead
Stuart Garrett, Managing Director of Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: “We remain hugely disappointed that the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has chosen to proceed with industrial action when they are aware we will not be making any compulsory redundancies and all seafaring staff are receiving a 4.25% pay rise this year and next year.   “However we are making every effort to maintain the lifeline services linking the Northern Isles with the mainland.  
Serco NorthLink Simplifies Passenger Boarding ProcessThumbnail for article : Serco NorthLink Simplifies Passenger Boarding Process
Visitors to Orkney and Shetland will no longer need photo identification to board Serco NorthLink Ferries, Managing Director Stuart Garrett announced today (Thursday 22 November 2012).   The move sees the services to Orkney and Shetland fall into line with other domestic ferry services.  
Serco Now In Charge Of NorthLink Ferries From TodayThumbnail for article : Serco Now In Charge Of NorthLink Ferries From Today
Serco Sets Sail - NorthLink Ferries Service Handover Complete Today, Thursday 5 July 2012, at 3pm Serco NorthLink Ferries officially began operating the Scottish Government contract for ferry services from the Scottish mainland to the Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands.   In Caithness the ferry "Hamnavoe" sets sail from Scrabster each day and gives great views of the west of Orkney including the Old Man Of Hoy.  
23/6/2012
Gills Harbour Focus For Marine Support VesselThumbnail for article : Gills Harbour Focus For Marine Support Vessel
One of the UK's newest and most versatile 'marine renewables support vessels' has been showing off some of her capabilities at Gills Harbour on the Pentland Firth.   The one-year-old 'multi-cat' vessel Orcadia, which was reported to have cost £3.5 million when she was delivered last year from Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, was making her debut visit to the community-owned Caithness harbour.  
Passenger Numbers Increase At HIAL AirportsThumbnail for article : Passenger Numbers Increase At HIAL Airports
Passenger numbers at Scotland's regional airports continued to grow last month, boosted by the success of Inverness Airport's flagship Amsterdam service and growth in the oil sector.   Figures released by HIAL, which operates a network of 11 airports across Scotland, show that passenger numbers across the group rose by 4.1% to 98,109 in March.