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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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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).  
New Offices Almost Ready For Hugh Siimpson Contractors, WickThumbnail for article : New Offices Almost Ready For Hugh Siimpson Contractors, Wick
New offices for Hugh Simpson contractors well known locally for cranes and oil have new offices almost ready at Wick harbour.   The ofices are on the site of the former Wick Power station that was finally demolished in October 2008..  
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'.  
Sea Survival Course - 28th NovemberThumbnail for article : Sea Survival Course - 28th November
A GROUP of Caithnessians recently had the opportunity to get to grips with the world of undersea robotics.   The short training programme was delivered by Wick-based specialist subsea training company Mackay Underwater Technology Limited.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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  
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  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.