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In brief for 20 May 2011

Lerwick pilot boat Kebister towing the jack up dredging barge into Scalloway harbour last weekend - Photo: Karen Fraser

Dredging to start next week

WORK to dredge the entrance to Scalloway harbour to a depth of 8.5 metres will get under way next week now that equipment has arrived on location during the last few days.

Shetland Islands Council is investing around £3 million to make the westside port more accessible to larger vessels in the hope of attracting more oil business from the West of Shetland developments.

Faroese contractor Articon has until March next year to complete the work, but hopes are high that most of the work can be done before the onslaught of winter.

 

Scrap metal thaft warning

POLICE in Shetland have warned islanders to beware of thieves who steal scrap metal from people’s properties.

A spokesman said that these thefts have been “opportunistic in nature, with those responsible taking advantage of property left unattended in remote or unattended areas”.

“Shetland Police would like to remind the public to take appropriate care of their property and secure it whenever possible,” the spokesman said.

ZE1 Global

THREE Shetland engineering companies and a Dingwall based consultancy firm have launched a joint venture to better unlock business opportunities presented by the oil and gas, renewable energy, utility, marine and decommissioning sectors.

ZE1 Global brings together Lerwick firms Ocean Kinetics, Malakoff and LEF plus management expertise from Charisma RCT.

The new company’s chief executive Marco Busi said: “We believe that an organisation with our combined skills, industry knowledge, facilities and unique location will make us a major player in operational consultancy, specialist engineering and fabrication services.

“Our base in Shetland means that we are ideally placed to support the burgeoning renewables industry, both onshore and offshore. The islands are rich with green energy sources and by offering the services and support that we can, we are perfectly positioned to help exploit this.”

Artist in residence

INTERNATIONAL artist Imi Maufe will be the first ever artist in residence on board a vessel participating in the tall Ships Races.

The designer who currently works in Norway will join Shetland’s own tall ship, the restored herring drifter Swan, for the whole six weeks of the races from Waterford, in Ireland, via Greenock, Lerwick, Stavanger to Halmstad, in Sweden.

Secretary of the Swan Trust, Peter Campbell, said: “We are confident that the artist, trainees and crew will all enjoy the experience of sailing  and working together. 

“There have been groups of musicians aboard the Swan in previous Tall Ships Races but this is the first time that there will be an visual artist in residence aboard during a Tall Ships Race.”

The artist in residence project LK 243 Undersail is funded by Creative Scotland, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Scotland’s Islands 2011 Fund.

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