Take-over Of One Inner Sound Meygen Contactor By A Venerable Larger One
31st March 2017
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.
It has been taken over the James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) that has the 'offshore' operational management contract for Phase 1 A (6 MW) of the Inner Sound 'flagship' contract.
JFMS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of James Fisher & Sons plc of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, a specialist shipping-related company that has a history going back to the mid-19th C.
The FTSE 250 company is known locally for the delivery of oil-products (petrol. diesel, heating oils etc.) by coastal tanker (Vadero Highland etc. as well as vessels with the second-name Fisher preceded by the name of an estuary (i.e. Mersey F, Thames F, Shannon F etc.) from refineries to depots at Scrabster and Wick as well as to most others H & I ports with petroleum products tanks, from Inverness to Kirkwall, Lerwick and across The Minch.
It also operates nuclear transport vessels known at Scrabster for carrying 'spent' material from Dounreay for re-processing etc at Sellafield, Cumbria (e.g. Pacific Pintail)
Mojo Maritime Ltd was taken over c. 2 years ago by JFMS.
Like Insight, this was a Cornwall-based specialist company doing a lot of work in the nascent tidal sector.
JFMS's first 'ops manager' in Inner Sound was Stan(ley) Groundwater from Burwick, Orkney within sight of Gills Bay c. 8 miles distant.
Father-of-three Mr Groundwater was an OIC councillor in the 1990s and now runs his own wildlife related tourism business and is standing this May 2017 for the S Ronaldsay/Burray ward of the OIC.
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Since the news came out in the John O'Groat Journal that Stage coach are to change bus services for Gills and John O'Groats protests have been getting louder. the proposed bus timetable changes from 20th August which effectively abolish the direct route from Wick to John o'Groats and Gills.
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