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    New £16.5m pier for Lerwick Harbour announced

    22 Oct 2014, 6:15 pm
    An artist's impression of the new Holmsgarth North project (centre) at Lerwick Harbour. The outer arm of the L-shaped jetty provides a sheltered dock for the site of the planned new white fish market (right) and berthing for oil vessels.

    An artist’s impression of the new Holmsgarth North project (centre) at Lerwick Harbour. The outer arm of the L-shaped jetty provides a sheltered dock for the site of the planned new white fish market (right) and berthing for oil vessels.

    Lerwick Port Authority today announced its biggest investment to date in a construction project to benefit the fishing and oil sectors.

    The construction of a new jetty at Holmsgarth North will cost a total of £16.5 million and local company Tulloch Developments Ltd has been appointed main contractor.

    The new L-shaped jetty will provide deeper berthing and more working area for the fishing fleet. The outer arm of the L-shape will create a dock sheltering a planned new whitefish market at Mair’s Yard. It will also be suitable for berthing offshore industry vessels.

    Site set-up at Holmsgarth North will start before Christmas and the main works will start in the new year, with completion in autumn 2016. Construction is expected to employ up to 50 people.

    The design of the jetty is by civil engineers Arch Henderson LLP and they will also project manage the construction. The jetty will extend to 800 metres, equivalent to about half a mile, with ultimately 10 metres of water depth alongside.

    Lerwick Port Authority chief executive Sandra Laurenson with Bank of Scotland SME relationship manager David Nicolson at Lerwick Harbour. The new Holmsgarth North development will add 800m of quayside.

    Lerwick Port Authority chief executive Sandra Laurenson with Bank of Scotland SME relationship manager David Nicolson at Lerwick Harbour. The new Holmsgarth North development will add 800m of quayside.

    Lerwick Port Authority chief executive Sandra Laurenson said: “The jetty will be a significant addition to our resources and another example of our versatile facilities. While principally benefiting the fishing industry, it will also serve the offshore sector, underlining our commitment to both.

    “The latest step towards a new whitefish market, Holmsgarth North will reinforce both Lerwick’s future as a leading UK fishing port and the sector’s key contribution to the Shetland economy.”

    News of the development has been welcomed by Shetland Fishermen’s Association.

    SFA chairman Leslie Tait said: “Today’s announcement of the biggest investment ever made by Lerwick Port Authority in Shetland’s fishing sector is a huge vote of confidence in the industry.

    “Fishing and aquaculture account for a third of the Shetland economy, and the scale of the work that will be undertaken underlines just how important the industry is in providing jobs and income.

    “The additional shelter provided by the new quay will be welcomed by the fleet and the advent of the new fish market at Mair’s Yard will transform Lerwick into one of the most advanced fishing ports in the UK.

    “In addition to the 50 jobs that will be created through the construction work, the investment will also be a major boost to the local fishing industry as well as the oil and gas supply chain on the island, supporting future jobs and economic growth.”

    The development is being supported by funding from Bank of Scotland and spokesman David Nicolson said: “These improvements to Lerwick Harbour will provide a significant boost to the Shetland economy and Bank of Scotland is delighted to be investing in such an important project.”

    During construction of Holmsgarth North, the fishing industry will use Mair’s Quay as the berthing area for net repair and working on gear. The quay, which has brought a range of benefits to the fleet, was completed last year and will be the site for the new market, due to begin construction in early 2016.

    New Holmsgarth pier to create up to 20 jobs

    22 Oct 2014, 4:29 pm

    An artist's illustration of the planned Holmsgarth North pier - Image: LPALOCAL civil engineering firm Tulloch Developments has been appointed as the main contractor to build Lerwick Port Authority's new £16.5 million Holmsgarth North pier.

    The latest expansion of Lerwick Harbour will see 800 metres of additional deep water berthing space being constructed over the next two years.

    SIC tightens policy following data breach

    22 Oct 2014, 3:25 pm

    Angry members of the Urafirth parent council. From left: Clare Pottinger, Robin Sinclair, Pamela Ruddick, Liane Anderson, Charlene Johnston and Claire Herridge - Photo: Pete Bevington/ShetnewsA “BLATANT” breach of data protection has resulted in Shetland Islands Council announcing that it will no longer publish individual responses to school closure proposals from members of the public.

    Last month council chief executive Mark Boden commissioned an investigation after parents in Northmavine accused the local authority of “failing to ensure our privacy is taken seriously”.

    Parents said they were left furious when – during consultations on plans to shut North Roe and Urafirth primaries – confidential details including children’s names and the distance they lived from their school were made available on the SIC website.

    Racial abuse charge denied

    22 Oct 2014, 1:25 pm

    A man has been released on bail after being accused of racially abusive to his victim – but warned to stay out of the isles unless to attend court.

    Keith Feeney, 39, of Mansefield Court in Kelso denies calling a man a “nigger” in the town’s Commercial Street, intending to cause alarm and distress.

    Appearing in the dock with Feeney was Kori Garden, 33, of Thorngrove Avenue in Aberdeen. He pleaded not guilty to a separate charge of assaulting a man on the same day, and striking him on the head in Commercial Road.

    Trial was set for 5th February next year, with an intermediate diet on 21st January.

    The two were released on bail with a special condition they do not enter Shetland, unless for court appearances.

    Staff evacuated after fire at Greenhead Base

    22 Oct 2014, 11:31 am
    About 60 men were evacuated from the Greenhead Base while fire crews dealt with a cylinder fire. Photo: Rosalind Griffiths

    About 60 men were evacuated from the Greenhead Base while fire crews dealt with a cylinder fire. Photo: Rosalind Griffiths

    About 60 men were evacuated from the Greenhead Base this morning in a full-scale emergency when an acetylene cylinder and an oxygen cylinder went on fire.

    Two fire engines from Lerwick and one from Sandwick were called to the base shortly before 11am, followed by a police van and an ambulance, which was called to the site as a precaution.

    The fire was extinguished by noon and no-one was reported injured. Emergency staff are still on the scene cooling the cylinders.

    UPDATE 4.40pm – Fire crews still at the scene.

    The fire and rescue service has issued the following statement: “Firefighters are still at the scene of a fire at an industrial estate in Lerwick, Shetland.

    “Control received a call at 10.49am reporting a fire at GMS Mechanical Services in Greenhead Base, Lerwick.

    “The fire involved an acetylene cylinder and an oxygen cylinder. Acetylene cylinders pose significant risks if overheated. Two appliances from Lerwick and one appliance from Sandwick were sent to the scene.

    “Station manager Myles Murray said: “We immediately assessed the situation and asked Police Scotland to put a cordon in place. The adjacent unclassified road was also closed as a precaution.

    “We extinguished the fire and then spent around two hours cooling the cylinders. Thereafter we used a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots. Acetylene cylinders pose a risk of explosion if they get too hot.”

    He added: “The cylinders have now been sufficiently cooled and have been handed over. The cordon has been reduced and the road re-opened, but our crews remain at the scene.”

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