Water Connection

As the cold snap hit at the weekend it caused some frozen water pipes on Coll. So Scottish Water requested the boys to nip out to Coll to replenish the spare parts. They also transferred some very experienced engineers back to the mainland after 5 days of hard graft. The weather was definitely a challenge. The boys timed it with the tide and wind and shot out there and back in no time.

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See Me and MMC

On Sunday the weather was a bit fresh but the boys had a wee run out. The shelter from Kerrera made for calm seas. Out on the water with the boys was the local club Martyn’s Monday Club and also a touring team from Glasgow known as SeeMe Scotland. Two very good groups that are essential in the communities of today. They spread the word that it is absolutely ok to talk openly and honestly about mental health. 

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Coastal Power

The team had to head back out on the water for a commercial charter. On this occasion they had to survey the main power cables that run into the islands. Struan took out Schiehallion for this job, with the jet drive system this allowed them to work in very shallow water. Coll, Tiree, Jura and Islay where all the islands that required a survey. Mixed weather as always this time of the year.

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Fresh Seaweed

The boys took delegates from a SAMS seaweed conference out for a trip. There was a fresh wind but it was blowing in a favourable direction for them. Unfortunately due to the weather they couldn’t get in and about the seaweed farm and pick out samples. But they discussed the grid layout and the processes going on from the stern deck (this is farmed seaweed not kelp dredging). Seaweed farming seems to be a building market in Scotland. 

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