Thursday, 19 February 2015
Lysblink Seaways - Day 2, Morning
At least the weather has improved, with the wind southwesterly force 4 and gusting, some bright sunshine, and occasional showers.
Svitzer, with Briggs Marine appointed as a subcontractor. Huge articulated lorries have been making their way along Ardnamurchan's single-track roads carrying heavy machinery. One early arrival was Highland Council's marine pollution unit, which was described by one professional as 'highly organised'. They brought oil-containment booms, matting, detergents, a rigid inflatable, and technicians prepared to deal with any spillage. So far, the only report of oil has been from local coastguards, who said they could smell it in the air.
ROAVR, a small company which operates 'remote aerial vehicles' - the one here was flying today can be seen on the tailboard. Since he is properly registered, flying conditions for Matthew were marginal, with the wind speed averaging 18mph, but his drone did get into the air.
Ardnamurchan Estate have opened up many of its letting houses to deal with the overflow from the small Kilchoan Hotel, while the Sonachan Hotel has reopened to take more. Picture shows truck from Cory-Navarm parked outside the Kilchoan Hotel.