Gales force them in for shelter

LERWICK harbour became busier towards the end of the week as the northerly gales forced boats in for shelter.

Oil-related vessels such as the Odin Viking accounted for much of this traffic, and the diving support boat Well Servicer arrived yesterday and Toisa Polaris was due this morning. Another vessel of this type – the 92 metre Seven Pelican – is also scheduled to arrive at the harbour later today.

The diving support boat Seawell arrived on Tuesday. At 112 metres she is on the largest vessels of this type. She has a hyperbaric chamber on board and is equipped with hyperbaric lifeboats.

Earlier this week the Norwegian reefer Framnes took frozen fish from Shetland Catch to Klaipeda, Lithuania, and the Nordfisk landed mackerel at Shetland Catch on Friday.

The live fish carrier Gerda Saele has been in the harbour most days this week with a cargo of salmon. Other live fish carriers the Island Senior and Solundoy arrived on Sunday.

Monday saw the arrival of the fishery protection vessel and regular visitor Hirta.

The standby boats for Foinaven, the Petroatlantic and the Petro­nordic, have both been at the south end of the harbour, outside the harbour limits, and the crews have been transferred by the harbour pilot boats.


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