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Marine Services News


24/9/2012
On Or Under the Water With Mackay Underwater TechnologyThumbnail for article : On Or Under the Water With Mackay Underwater Technology
"Professional Equipment for Work & Leisure, At, On or Under the Water" Mackay Underwater Technology - Watersports is based at Wick harbour, close to the marina, and offers a wide range of quality chandlery equipment to the boat user.   "With the success of Wick's marina, and the county's deep seated tradition of working at sea, it seemed only logical to expand the business into the chandlery area.  
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.  
18/3/2012
Gills Harbour Ltd's Chair Welcomes MPs Conclusions
The Chairman of the community body that owns and operates Gills Harbour, on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, is welcoming the findings of a group of Parliamentarians whose Inquiry report 'The Future of Marine Renewables in the UK' has just been published.   The Westminster MPs of the Energy & Climate Change Committee looked at the future for electricity that can be generated by harnessing the 'kinetic energy' in flow of Britain's tidal streams and from the power of the waves; both technologies are experimenting with turbines that are still at the 'prototype' stage.  
11/12/2011
Meygen Tidal Project - Navigation & FisheriesThumbnail for article : Meygen Tidal Project - Navigation & Fisheries
Information from the Meygen materials supplied at the public meetings in December 2011.   The full pubicatiosn are online at www.meygen.com.  
11/12/2011
Meygen Tidal Energy Project - MapThumbnail for article : Meygen Tidal Energy Project - Map
This map shows the area of the first phase of 86 turbines and the lines for the cables.   For more about the project and MeyGen got to www.meygen.com.  
11/12/2011
Meygen Driving Forward With Pentland Energy ProjectThumbnail for article : Meygen Driving Forward With Pentland Energy Project
One of the first companies to get going with their plans to extract the huge energy potential form the Pentland Firth is Meygen.   Their plans were unveiled to Caithness people at Mey Hall a few days ago.  
9/6/2011
MeyGen Tidal Energy Project Public Open DaysThumbnail for article : MeyGen Tidal Energy Project Public Open Days
The MeyGen tidal energy project is a 400MW project in the early stages of development located in the Inner Sound, Pentland Firth.  We are currently carrying out a consultation process in order to canvass opinion of which of the environmental impacts should be focussed upon in the Environmental Impact Assessment.  
North Companies take to Global Stage at All-Energy Exhibition
A number of ambitious Caithness companies are heading to Aberdeen this week to target new business at the UK's largest renewable energy event.   The All-Energy Exhibition & Conference this year has attracted over 500 exhibitors from 20 countries across the world.  
HIE Board backs 13m investment in major projects
Businesses and communities in Caithness, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides look set to benefit from investment in major infrastructure projects approved today (Monday 22 November) by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The HIE Board (Monday 22 November) has approved grants totalling more than 13m to develop three major projects.  
26/10/2010
MeyGen named as successful bidder for Pentland Firth "Crown Jewel" siteThumbnail for article :  MeyGen named as successful bidder for Pentland Firth
MeyGen today announces entry into an 'Agreement for Lease' with The Crown Estate for the Pentland Firth Inner Sound tidal power site.   MeyGen is a joint venture between independent power generator International Power plc (45%), investment bank Morgan Stanley (45%), and tidal technology provider Atlantis Resources Corporation (10%), dedicated to developing the Inner Sound tidal site.  
16/2/2010
Local Residents To Be Presented With RNLI Honorary Awards
Six residents from the Highlands and Western Isles are to be presented with an Honorary Award by the RNLI in recognition of their outstanding support to the charity.  Four are to receive a gold badge, the third highest honour bestowed by the charity upon fundraising volunteers.  
7/12/2008
New Marina For Wick Harbour By 2009 Sailing SeasonThumbnail for article : New Marina For Wick Harbour By 2009 Sailing Season
Wick, on the east coast of Caithness, received a major confidence boost this week, following news that a £576,000 funding package (loan and grant) has been secured to install a marina development in the town's harbour.   The deal has required complex negotiations between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) which is providing the vital funding conduit.  
6/3/2006
New Wick Harbour Authority Launches Revamped Web Site And Newsletter
Wick Harbour Authority is the new body that controls Wick Harbour.   The former Wick Harbour Trust was consigned to history last July and more modern set up came into being with a board of directors rather than trustees.  
Fathoms Dive Into Training
A sub sea services company specialising in the offshore and onshore monitoring and removal of radiological contamination is training two of its key staff in health physics with assistance from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE).   Fathoms Ltd, which operates from Wick harbour, has received a training and development scheme grant from the local enterprise company to allow the two members of staff to undertake City and Guilds levels one and two in radiation safety practice.