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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Glass Calm

Finally a calm day in October. This allowed the boys to get further a field. Cameron had a quick run to Coll and Tiree with some engineers to test some equipment. At the south end of Coll they came across a large Minke whale. Also a couple of sea eagles during the day. 
Struan made use of the fine weather too. He had to tow a vessel up from the South to Loch Feochan.

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Storm Callum

As the full force of Storm Callum was felt on the West coast the boys received a phone call. The power was out in parts of Lismore and needed to be back on. The engineers loaded up in Loch Feochan then launched and off to the NE tip of the island. It was a tricky fault but the vast experience of the engineers soon resolved the problem. Incredible to see the spindrift as the team waited at Port Appin.

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