A new video charting the multi-million pound investment by Orkney companies in specialist vessels to support the marine renewable energy industry has been posted online by Orkney Islands Council.
More marine renewable energy devices have been deployed in Orkney waters than at any other single site in the world, and this has brought a number of very positive benefits to the local economy. In addition to the aforementioned private investment in vessels, there are around 250 people working locally in the marine renewable sector and the high level of activity has catalysed public investment in local piers, harbours and other infrastructure.
The short film features a fleet of vessels that are used for tasks that include anchor handling, cable and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) work, dive support and the deployment, recovery and maintenance of wave and tidal energy devices. The vessels are operated by a skilled local workforce, with detailed knowledge of sea conditions in Orkney waters and beyond, and experience in providing support services for range of marine energy technologies.
The video was funded by Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, through their joint marketing programme, along with Stromness company Aquatera.