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News 1stFeb08 Invergordon to lose towage

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Red_Hamish:
Hello all, it is with sadness that I read today in the Press & Journal, North edition, that J.P Knight are to cease operating at Invergordon.

Extract from the newspaper
J.P. Knight (Caledonian) Ltd set up its first Scottish base at Invergordon in 1969. They have operated from the port ever since and is the only firm offering this service.
At times it has had up to 3 tugs  working in the firth but, in recent years, it has been down to one and has now decided that it is no longer commercially viable to keep a tug at Invergordon. Ends extract.

The article goes on further to stress that the company will continue to provide towage but would require five days notice to allow the utilisation of other vessels from either Orkney or the Firth of Forth. It is still going to be the centre for maintenance and administration and there should be no local job losses.

Aye a sad day to hear that it becomes effective as of Monday 4th Feb

Jim

TERRY:
Hi jim,
That is very sad news. Knight,s are the oldest surviving British tug company, they still have an office in Chatham, Kent ,quite close to me, and were they first started. Last year they took over Klyne Tugs ,who opperate the Anglian Princess, and several other OSV,S on contract to the Coastguard, as emergency standby vessels.
Terry.

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