26th May 2020
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Sale of Sullom Voe tugs is ‘moving forward’

Sullom Voe terminal’s two troublesome tugs Solan and Bonxie could be sold early next year to Italian buyers.

Speaking at a meeting of the harbour board, infrastructure chief Maggie Sandison said that an Italian towage company had inspected the tugs while they had a routine drydocking recently and was interested in buying them both.

Mrs Sandison said negotiations were ongoing but were “moving forward positively”, and the documentation required and a date of possible completion of the purchase were being looked at.

However, Mrs Sandison could not be drawn on the selling price of the tugs, which cost £7 million each in 2011.

The tugs, built by a Spanish shipyard, had a chequered history. Their steering problems led to them being taken out of service for more than a year, and although the problems were eventually fixed they have only been used intermittently since then.

They were put up for sale in 2014.

About Adam Civico

The Shetland Times editor since October 2012. Born and bred in South Yorkshire, before moving to Shetland I was assistant editor at the Barnsley Chronicle, where my journalism career began. When not editing The Shetland Times I can be found walking or (occasionally) running, enjoying good food, or trying to find the latest Sheffield Wednesday result. Contact me with your news and views about Shetland – a.civico@shetlandtimes.co.uk, on Twitter @adamcivico or telephone 01595 746715.

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