Thursday, November 26, 2015

The festive season is near – and Stromness gets the ball rolling

Stromness gets the festive season under way as usual with the first of the county's Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies.

The first Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in the county gets under way tonight, with Stromness turning on the lights at 6pm. On Friday it’s the turn of St Margaret’s Hope, followed by Burray and Holm on Saturday. Next week, Stenness’s tree will be illuminated on Wednesday, with Dounby, Finstown and …

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Council launches Energy Strategy survey


Orkney Islands Council has launched a survey today to help steer the final development of a new Energy Strategy for Orkney. During the development of the strategy, representatives from local industry, academia, communities and the public sector have held detailed discussions at an initial symposium and two follow-up workshops. Informal …

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Stricken cargo ship alongside Hatston Pier

The Skog tied up at Hatston on Wednesday morning.
(Picture: Craig Taylor)

The cargo ship Skog which was at the centre of a major air and sea rescue operation yesterday is pictured safely tied up at Hatston Pier this morning, Wednesday. The 99m long vessel, with 10 crew on board, broke down, was drifting, and was taking on water north of Orkney …

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Parliamentarians given CAA reassurances on airline safety

In discussions this week with senior management at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Alistair Carmichael MP, Tavish Scott MSP and Liam McArthur MSP sought clarity on safety measures in relation to lifeline air links servicing their island communities. In recent weeks, both in the House of Commons and the Scottish …

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Councillors back flood defence plans

Measures to bolster Kirkwall’s flood defences took a step forward this week as island councillors agreed to progress plans to build a wall round the town’s harbour front. Proposed developments in the town’s low-lying areas in recent years have had difficulty gaining planning permission due to Scottish Environment Protection Agency …

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Footage of ship rescue released by Coastguard

ship skog

Footage of the rescue operation launched early this morning  to aid a cargo ship which had broken down and was taking in water off Orkney has been released by the Coastguard. Stromness and Kirkwall Lifeboats, the Coastguard tug, and a Sumburgh based Coastguard search and rescue chopper were all involved …

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Cargo vessel rescue underway off Orkney

Stromness Lifeboat.

A major air and sea rescue operation is underway off Orkney this morning, after the crew of a cargo ship reported that it was drifting without engine power and taking on water. Lifeboats from Kirkwall and Stromness are both involved in the rescue of the ship – the 99 metre …

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