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8/4/2018
New Office-bearer For Gills Harbour Ltd
Gills Harbour Ltd, the community body that owns and runs Gills Harbour on Caithness's North Coast, has a new office-bearer.   At its recent Annual General Meeting, Mr Mark Gibson of Northern View, John O'Groats KW1 4YS, was unanimously appointed as the body's Vice-Chairman.  
15/12/2017
Gills Bay Crossing Busiest Sea Route In CaithnessThumbnail for article : Gills Bay Crossing Busiest Sea Route In Caithness
OFFICIAL FIGURES SHOW MORE PEOPLE AND CARS SAILED ACROSS THE PENTLAND FIRTH FROM CAITHNESS TO ORKNEY IN 2016 FROM GILLS BAY THAN ON ANY OTHER ROUTE.   Official figures recently published by Scottish Government 'spending watchdog' body Audit Scotland show that the so-called 'short sea-route' from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope was the busiest seaway to Orkney across the Pentland Firth in 2016.  
22/11/2017
Wick Lifeboat Aids Cargo Vessel JomiThumbnail for article : Wick Lifeboat Aids Cargo Vessel Jomi
Wick Lifeboat called out by Shetland Coastguard at 09:35 this morning to go to the aid of a cargo vessel 'Jomi', half a mile offshore in Sinclair's Bay, Caithness.   They had reported dragging its anchor in the Easterly swell and unable to get its engine started.  
FLAG Fund Success For Scrabster And LossiemouthThumbnail for article : FLAG Fund Success For Scrabster And Lossiemouth
Scrabster and Lossiemouth harbours have secured funding through the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to install new pontoons to cater for the increasing demand for berthing space.   Lossiemouth also received funding towards an innovative dredging system to allow regular dredging to be carried out ensuring the pontoons will be accessible at all times.  
17/4/2017
First Of A Fleet Of Work Boats At Wick HarbourThumbnail for article : First Of A Fleet Of Work Boats At Wick Harbour
Today at Wick Harbour 'Rix Lynx'could be seen tied up.   Wick Harbour is fast becoming a hive of activity with the work now well underway at the former Steven's yard.  
Caithness Seacoast Adventure Tours 2017 SeasonThumbnail for article : Caithness Seacoast Adventure Tours 2017 Season
Caithness Seacoast Adventure Tours loacated at Wick harbour have started their new season.   Seacoast offers a range of short and longer tours of the Caithness coast opens up a special way to see the cliffs that cannot be seen from most places.  
31/3/2017
Take-over Of One Inner Sound Meygen Contactor By A Venerable Larger One
One of the contractors that has been operating in the Inner Sound for Atlantis RL's MeyGen site has been taken over by another, a much-larger one.   See note on Insight Marine Services Ltd of Cornwall.  
GMR Henderson To Join Thomas Telford RenovationThumbnail for article : GMR Henderson To Join Thomas Telford Renovation
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) has begun renovating its new home in Wick with the help of a neighbour.   Two buildings in Lower Pulteneytown are being redeveloped into the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for the £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm project.  
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.  
Looking To The Future, Promoting Caithness As A Cruise DestinationThumbnail for article : Looking To The Future, Promoting Caithness As A Cruise Destination
Scrabster Harbour has launched its marketing campaign to promote Caithness as a cruise destination to the global cruise industry.   The campaign, which will feature a staged marketing approach, will ensure relevant information is delivered at the critical points during the decision making process, and before and after cruise industry events.  
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.  
11/9/2016
Huge Changes For Wick Harbour - Public Event 14th September 2016Thumbnail for article : Huge Changes For Wick Harbour - Public Event 14th September 2016
Public Engagement Event - Wick - 14 September 2016 4pm to 7pm at Mackays Hotel.   On the 23rd May 2016, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) announced that the green light had been given for construction of the 588MW, 84 turbine Beatrice offshore wind farm situated in the Outer Moray Firth.  
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.