Three Cats At Gills Harbour
21st October 2022
Two catamaran work-boats berthed at Gills Harbour this week with the trans-Pentlnd ferry MV Alfred, also a catamaran, in the background.
The larger workboat is MPC Athenia which was being used as a floating base or ROVs - remote underwater vessels, for detailed inspections on the three turbines operating at the MeyGen demonstration subsea site one and a half miles off Gills Harbour.
An Andrtiz 1.5 MW turbine was restored to its position late last month after a prolonged overhaul and maintenance spell in the Global Energy's site at Nigg on the Cromarty Firth.
The second workboat was backing up he survey inspection of he MeyGen site area , including he seaward end of recently installed underwater connection cable 'hub' taking the generated electricity ashore to the local 'reception building at Ness of Quoys,. This low headland on Gills Bay lies on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, close to medieval-origin Canisbay Kirk.
Recently the Government announced that it hd awarded a 'contract for difference' to Simec Atlantis Energy, the Edinburgh-based firm behind the MeyGen site. This could see a further 28 MW of generating capacity, in addition to the 6MW installed there using four specially-designed turbines, originally installed on the 30 metre deep seabed in 2017. The company hopes to have the upgraded facilities in operation by 2027/8.
Despite progress being slower than was initially expected, MeyGen remains the world's largest tidal-stream power-station.
The MPL Athenia belong to Roving Eye Enterprises Ltd, of Orphir, on he shores of Scapa Flow, Orkney.
The vessels were active on those subsea surveying duties for four days in mid-October, 2022.
Billy Magee. Lower Gills , Canisbay, the Emeritus office-bearer of Gills Harbour Ltd.
GILLS HARBOUR Ltd - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at JOHN O'GROATS VILLAGE HALL, MONDAY JUNE 13th @ 7.30 PM. GILLS HARBOUR IS THE ONLY OFFICIALLY-RECOGNISED 'ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA' IN NE CAITHNESS.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has again written to the Transport Minister Graeme Dey demanding Scottish Government address the urgent issues facing Scotland's Ferry Fleet. Following CalMac's announcement that it had been forced to amend timetables as the MV Hebrides was from the rotation for urgent repairs, it became clear that some communities were facing loss of their ferry service for days.
£10 million 'Isle of Jura' temporarily based at Gills Harbour in Far North of Scotland for her crew's debut tasks in the tidal-stream electricity field at the MeyGen sub-sea site, one mile off the little Caithness's port entrance channel. One of the UK's most modern marine renewables service vessels made her debut calls at community-owned Gills Harbour, near John O'Groats, over the 2021 Spring Equinoctial weekend.
Its been a busy few days at local community-owned Gills Harbour ..... sometimes in suberb sunny weather as here ...
The company behind the world-leading tidal-stream prototype power plant in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound is set to start manufacturing a new-style turbine that is hopes will reduce the project's generating costs. Simec Atlantis Energy (SAE) and a privately-owned specialist engineering firm from Spain's Bay of Biscay coastline have jointly been conducting 'research and development' (R& D) on the project for almost a year and are now ready to give it the go-ahead.
A new generation of younger local folk look set to take over the reins of running Gills Harbour Ltd, the local company that owns and operates the busy little port on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound that holds its AGM this Saturday (10.10.20) morning at 10:00 am. The influx of younger blood comes after two key directors of the group that had run 'Canisbay's Peoples Port' both announced their retirement from office, whilst another Gills Harbour Ltd (GHL) office-bearer has declined to seek re-election.
An 'old friend' returns to Gills Bay after an absence of manymonths. The 2,400 tonne 70 m.
Here is the Normand Cutter, the Norwegian-owned offshore construction vessel that has been the base for works on Simec Atlantis Energy's (SAE's) MeyGen site in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, off Gills Bay during the current neap-tide sequence, that has lasted most of the week commencing 11.08.20. Picture by retired C of S Kirk Minister the Rev Lyall Rennie, who lives at Lower Warse, Canisbay, on the shores of Gills Bay..
With expert guidance from the crew of Pentland Ferries "Alfred" this lorry safely loads onto the ferry at Gills Harbour, Caithness, today (9 January 2019), for her crossing to St Margarets Hope. Sea swells were evident, making the job even harder & causing the ferry to be delayed.
Pentland Ferries' new £14-million vessel, mv Alfred is almost ready to make its first trip from St Margaret's Hope to Gills Bay on Friday, 1st November 2019. The new ferry arrived on 9th October 2019 after completing its journey from the shipbuilders in Vietnam for the final fittings to be carried at Kirkwall after quick call at St Margarets Hope where local children had a chance to get a glimpse of it.