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More space puts wind in the sails at Scrabster

More pontoons have been installed at Scrabster to accommodate the rising number of pleasure craft sailing into the area. 

Scrabster Harbour Trust has spent £130,000 in creating four additional berths on the ice quay. The new 40-metre long pontoons add to the existing 33 pontoons in the inner basin of the harbour. The project was made possible thanks to the trust securing £100,000 from the Highland and Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (Flag) under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. 

Scrabster harbourmaster Jason Hamilton yesterday said that with demand high for berths at the established marina, the trust had to look at increasing the number of spaces it had to accommodate both the leisure and fishing-related custom.

He said: "The work has been completed and the pontoons are now in place. Our new heavy-duty pontoons are suitable for small or larger vessels which will include leisure, fishing and cruise ship tenders. This is a great addition to the harbour facilities. We received 75 per cent Flag funding, along with great help and support from our local Flag officer, which was essential for Scrabster to undertake this project."

The first customers to use Scrabsters new pontoons were Lesley Foden and Laura Try, who are on a charity row around Britain, raising miney for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. 

Highland Council provides administrative support to Flag and to those applying to the fund through the employment of a local Flag development officer. Funding can be used to support a range of projects that support community rejuvenation, enterprise, innovation, job creation and skills development across the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries.