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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
Two vessels make their debut visits to Gills HarbourThumbnail for article : Two vessels make their debut visits to Gills Harbour
Two vessels made their debut visits to Gills Harbour on the morning of Sunday, May 10th, 2015.   The mini-ships Uskmoor and Lodesman sailed across the Pentland Firth from Orkney to conduct operations in the Inner Sound of the narrow, tide-swept, channel separating Caithness from the isles.  
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.  
11/3/2015
Pentland Firth Works Operations - Details For MarinersThumbnail for article : Pentland Firth Works Operations - Details For Mariners
James Fisher Marine Services Booths Park House Chelford Road Knutsford Cheshire Main Contact Stan Groundwater s.groundwater[AT]james-fisher.co.uk tel 01856831380 mob 07747843712 All positions to be quoted in World Geodetic System 1984 [WGS84], lat.  / long., in deg./ minutes.  
2/3/2015
Bobby's Bus For HireThumbnail for article : Bobby's Bus For Hire
If you ned a group or party taken to place in the north check out Bobbys.   Bobby and Alison are looking forward to taking you out, for whatever the ocassion.  
Pentland Ferries Increases The FleetThumbnail for article : Pentland Ferries Increases The Fleet
Pentland Ferries is all set to buy the former Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Saturn.   The move has been confirmed by the owners of the ship, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL)..  
21/1/2015
Happening At GillsThumbnail for article : Happening At Gills
The 24 metre-long multi-cat vessel C-Salvor is paying her first 2015 operational visit to Gills Harbour this week.   The little rectangular-shaped 145-tonne ship is using the Scottish mainland's most Northerly port for conducting diver-led survey operations for tidal electricity developers MeyGen Ltd at its Crown Estate lease site, 1 mile off the little port, and just offshore from its planned cable-landfall site at Ness of Quoys, that lies 1 mile along the Gills Bay coast east from the harbour.  
Serco NorthLink Ferries to Start New Year with New Offers
Serco NorthLink Ferries has announced two new special offers to launch early in 2015.   From January 2, the ‘Kids Go Free' promotion will see children travel for free on direct Lerwick to Aberdeen and Aberdeen to Lerwick routes.  
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.  
More Energy Related Business But Numbers Down At Wick John O'Groats AirportThumbnail for article : More Energy Related Business But Numbers Down At Wick John O'Groats Airport
Island airports soar but overall numbers dip slightly at HIAL.   Passenger numbers at HIAL's regional airport fell slightly in the third quarter of the year, though a number of island airports reported soaring growth.  
Serco NorthLink Ferries Welcomes 2015 BookingsThumbnail for article : Serco NorthLink Ferries Welcomes 2015 Bookings
Serco NorthLink Ferries is accepting bookings for travel to and from the Northern Isles for next year.   Stuart Garrett, Managing Director at Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: "As ever, the year ahead is set to include a number of exciting events for both Orkney and Shetland, from live traditional music festivals to midsummer celebrations.  
HIAL invests for the future as passenger numbers reach all time high
Passenger numbers at regional airport operator HIAL climbed to their highest ever level in the latest financial year, as the group stepped up its investment for the future.   The company's annual report and accounts for the year 2013/14 show that almost 70,000 extra passengers used the group's 11 airports during the year.