Harbour News 3-19 May 2017

57 arrivals for the period

Whitefish totalled 11,000 boxes from a variety of methods and areas. The Peterhead- registered trawler Ocean Endeavour continues to hunt for haddocks at Rockall with reasonable success and made two good landings for the period. The Inverness-registered trawler Adventurer spent his days fishing along the deepwater shelf edge for monkfish and once again reported excellent returns for his efforts. The Anglo fleet of long-liners has been very busy with hake and ling in abundance; likewise, the Anglo freezer netters have experienced first-class fishing of monkfish and deepwater crabs.

Shellfish has picked up.  A number of visiting prawn trawlers and offshore crabbers has been landing weekly and the local fleet has been working away in a period of very settled weather.

Non-fishing was busy with a total of ten arrivals. The fish farm support vessels Tie Venture and Nitrox came in to pick up and drop off equipment. The Dutch Tall Ships Tecla and Atlantis have called in.  Tecla returned from a successful St Kilda voyage before heading off to Iceland with a full crew of passengers. Atlantis made her maiden call to pick up a full complement of guests before heading for the Islay whisky festival. The Marine Scotland research vessel Alba na Mara called in for a crew change, the dive support vessel Halton was day running to the Summer Isles and the Smit Yare completed a naval exercise. The Fred Olsen cruise liner Boudicca made her maiden call to the village on Sunday 14th May and returned two weeks later on another round Britain cruise; the vessel is scheduled to return to the village in July. The harbour has been working in conjunction with the museum and local businesses to enhance the cruise passenger experience locally and early reports suggest this has been very well received by the cruise line.  We would like to extend our thanks to all concerned for their support.