Harbour News 21 October–2 November 2020

13 arrivals for the period.

Ullapool Harbour Trust continues to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic; supporting vital transport links to the Western Isles and handling routine fishing and commercial traffic. Harbour services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we can be contacted by phone, email and VHF.  We are observing strict social distancing and hygiene measures.   

The Loch Seaforth is scheduled to return from her annual refit in Liverpool this week. In her absence the Isle of Lewis covered passenger sailings and the Hebridean Isles handled overnight freight deliveries. The two smaller relief vessels have struggled during the recent wild weather, although even Loch Seaforth would have been challenged over last weekend. Passenger numbers are limited to 330 per sailing and advance booking is mandatory for all travellers.

Whitefish totalled 3,800 boxes from five Scottish trawl and one Anglo-Spanish long-line landing. The Scottish lads are concentrating of Shelf Edge fishing, targeting species such as monkfish, ling, whiting and haddock. The Anglo fleet lands occasional small shots of hake and ling from deep-water.

Shellfish activity continues to be very quiet.  There were single visits from a prawn trawler, a scallop dredger and an offshore crabber together with the local fleet’s efforts. 

Non-fishing activities were restricted to fishfarm support vessels. Inter Caledonia called in for a crew change plus Viking Junior, Guard Supplier and Soerdyroey were in for layovers.

The 2021 Harbour Calendar is for sale at the usual outlets (we are extremely grateful to Parletts, the Hardware Shop, Artworks, Lochbroom Filling Station and West Coast Deli).  Copies are also available at the harbour office.    In these socially distant times, it’s also possible to order the calendar direct from our website – www.ullapool-harbour.co.uk.  As ever, all profits go to youth sail training voyages.


Harbour Scrap Metal Service

The harbour is running a scrap metal collection service to raise funds for Romanian orphans. Local lady Effie Mackenzie fundraises for Gino’s Cantina but COVID restrictions have dealt a blow to her fundraising effort. Gino’s Cantina provides hot meals for 130 children and they need your help.

To arrange collection, please contact the harbour –

info@ullapool-harbour.co.uk  Phone: 07739 951 178

(No vehicles or domestic appliances)

Many thanks to all who have already donated.  The first 10 tonne skip was uplifted last week.