The Snow Rolls In

The boys have had a busy wee spell on the boats. A range of charters on all different boats. They have assisted the tie up of the bulk carrier ships at Glensanda quarry. Also provided some transfer to and from the quarry. The Winter is setting in with some big snow storms rolling in from the West. It makes for some stunning views when the sun comes out and also restricted visibility when the storm hits.

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Insh Island Visit

On a perfect crisp winters day the boys took a couple to Insh Island. This remote wee island is very quiet and is situated just west of Seil. A bit tricky to land due to the usual swell rolling by but manageable. One interesting feature on the island is the caves that use to be lived in. The cave has a door and in the next section a wall has been built with windows installed! Uninhabited for a number of years now though. The weather allowed for an amazing view of the snow capped Ben Cruachan.

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Tidal Connection

On Saturday the team helped with the installion of PLAT-I in Connel Sound. They ran lines to the device to allow the mooring chains to be winched in and secured by Green Marine UK. It was a privilege to work on this project with Green Marine and Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd. We look forward to seeing how the testing progresses in Connel before the device is disassembled and shipped to the Philippines.

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Tidal Lift

Last week the team were tasked to manoeuvre a 27 meter wide and 32 meter long tidal device called PLAT-I for Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd. The platform needed to be moved from Dunstaffnage Marina Ltd  pontoons to the hard standing where cranes lifted on the Schottel Hydro Turbines. The work had to be completed on spring high tides as the work area dries out at low water. Schiehallion and Fingal were perfect; Schiehallion has a shallow draft and jet drives which allows for great manoeuvring in the shallow water. Due to the time of high water work was completed in the dark but went without a hitch.

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Winter Is Coming

As winter draws closer and the snow settles on the local hills, the boys are still on the water. Cameron had to head North. The weather has been a constant battle as usual but there was a wee weather window to head towards Barra. This task was to recovery a seaglider from a mission out to the deep Atlantic. Whilst out there they also deployed another glider to keep up the research programme.

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