Varis Engineering from Forres have completed installation of our new marina and everyone agrees it’s looking great, and should be a great addition to the harbour and our income. Thanks to them for a good job well done. Initial responses from visiting skippers are very positive, highlighting plenty space to manoeuvre and on berth, stable walkways and fingers, water and power on berth, good security, and close to the town centre.
It is already covered by CCTV and Wifi coverage will be available soon. We are currently working on fuelling, waste pump-out, and possibly providing new showers, toilets and shore facilities in our new office and store complex.
We have now acquired and moved into the former John S Duncan premises, comprising offices, shop, and large workshop/store.
This will enable us to improve our office accommodation and house our maintenance team and plant under one roof, as well as providing new onshore marina facilities.
Homecoming Harbourfest – 26, 27, 28th June 2009
Last July saw a very successful Lifeboat Day and Yacht Regatta, with twenty visiting yachts from around the Moray Firth, which raised appreciable monies for the RNLI and sent all the racers home happy, so thanks to everyone involved.
Arrangements are already well under way to organise the next Wick Lifeboat Day to coincide with a ‘Homecoming Harbourfest’ in June ‘09, to celebrate our part in Scotland’s ‘Year of the Homecoming’. This will build on the success of the 2007 Harbourfest, with added attractions such as our new Marina in place, a ‘one-off’ re-enactment of the old ‘Herring Queen’ ceremony, last seen in 1953, and various visiting heritage vessels, etc. Various functions and entertainments are being planned and everything points to another great weekend for locals and visitors alike.
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20th April 2009
We are pleased to announce that construction work on the new Marina has started on site this week with a projected completion date around 1st June ’09, thanks to funding for this long awaited development from the NDA / HIE, and the Crown Estate. We are disappointed that work has not started earlier, but inevitable delays with legal and procedural matters prevented us from awarding the contract to Varis Engineering from Forres until recently.
Our new booklet on Marina Terms and Conditions of Use, and 2009 Charges (incl. VAT) for all Leisure Berths are now available. View the Marina Booklet and Application Form - applications are now being taken.
You will note that all charges are the same as notified in April last year apart from a few minor adjustments. Marina berths are appreciably more expensive than quay berths, to justify our considerable investment, and are comparable to Orkney but much cheaper than Inverness and the Moray coast. Quay Wall berth costs have only increased slightly for those who wish to stay there.
See the Wick Marina page for 2009 discounts.
9th February 2009
Annual 2008 Report on Light Outages.
"It's Good News All Round" in the latest Harbour
News, Issue 3 .
The Moray Council dredger 'Shearwater', started in January on
clearance of the River Harbour approach channel, but has been
interrupted by technical problems, and has now restarted operations.
Expected completion date is May/June.
After many months of
negotiation with WHA and others, a Dutch company,TOCARDO TIDAL
ENERGY BV, has announced that their local subsidiary, TOCARDO
TIDAL ENERGY Ltd, www.tocardo.com is to set up a production and assembly facility for marine renewable
energy devices at the old Dry Dock site, subject to planning approval.
This was made public at the recent Caithness Energy Alliance conference
and exhibition in Edinburgh, which all attending deemed very successful.
WHA are confident this could be the forerunner of much more interest
in the Pentland Firth, which could spin off jobs and opportunities
for local individuals and businesses.
William Munro, has started this month offering fast boat trips
along the coast from the harbour, and WHA wish him every success
in his new venture. See local press adverts and his website www.caithness-seacoast.co.uk for details.
New Harbour Byelaws
came into force in January, the first major update since 1928
Copies are available free from the Office.
The rig 'Galaxy 11'
unfortunately drilled a 'dry hole' off Wick in January, but there
is likely to be interest from others in the area in the near future.
Details of our planned
Marina Phase 2 (70 berths) are progressing well and we hope to
be able to issue tenders in the near future once we have finalised
the funding and have Board approval to proceed to construction.
We will again be attending
the 'All Energy Exhibition' in Aberdeen in May to publicise and
promote our facilities relative to the growing interest in Pentland
Firth marine renewables.
1st March 2008
Annual 2007 Report on Light Outages.
5th December 2007
Three ships in from Rostock in Germany with components for three
wind turbines for Bilbster.
Jack-up rig Galaxy II expected soon to drill 14
miles east of Wick on Block 12/17b for Lundin.
7th November 2007
The dredging contract has been awarded for deepening the River
Approach Channel, starting early January.
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