Dredging work almost complete

IT WAS a story of endings at Lerwick Harbour with many things that have made news over the last weeks and months drawing to a close as autumn arrives in earnest.

Only two yachts arrived last week – a stark contrast to the height of summer when waters around the harbour were peppered with them.

The last of the season’s cruise ships, the Norwegian Jewel, is due to arrive today, bringing to a close another successful year for cruise ships coming to Shetland.

Dredging of the harbour is also drawing to a close, with all efforts now aimed at reclamation work.

Pelagic landings are thinning out. The Banff-registered pelagic trawler Resolute arrived at the Catch with another herring landing. She is the only Scottish boat still taking in herring, with all the local boats having long since used up their quotas. But having already been in twice this month, even she can’t be far off reaching her own quota.

The 106-metre support vessel Skandi Bergen, which was launched in May, was another visitor, as was the standby vessel Vos Trader. The British reefer Green Concordia left on Wednesday night.

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Two tankers at port

JUST two tankers sailed from Sullom Voe oil terminal this week.

The Hildegaard returned to the port on Monday after an earlier visit last week.

She sailed for Pembroke with 90,755 tonnes of crude oil on board.

Sunday saw the Mare Adriacum leave for Hamburg with 79,520 tonnes of crude.

Last Wednesday the Loch Rannoch arrived at Sullom with 34,851 tonnes from Schiehallion.

There were no Schiehallion exports and no ship to ship transfers.


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