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Engineers’ leader Visits Orkney

The president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is visiting Orkney on Monday, November 21, as the first stop in a week-long tour of Scotland.

Richard Coackley is believed to be the first ICE President to visit the islands in the organisation’s 193-year history.

“Our research hasn’t revealed any of the previous presidents having been to Orkney and if that’s the case then my trip is something that’s long overdue,” said Mr Coackley.

An energy expert, Mr Coackley is looking forward to his visit to the new port infrastructure at Lyness which is being rejuvenated as the forward operating base for marine renewables.

He will also visit the wave test site at Billia Croo, meet local ICE Scotland members and students and staff from Heriot Watt University.

“I’m keenly interested in the professional development of engineers of all ages,” said Mr Coackley, “and I’m particularly keen to enthuse young engineers and see them broaden their skills.”

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