Port chiefs are inviting community council members from around the Cromarty Firth to a summit in an effort to allay fears of pollution from proposed ship-to-ship oil transfers.
An unprecedented coalition of conservation groups has been formed to oppose ship-to-ship oil transfers in environmentally sensitive Highland waters.
The head of Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) has urged the Cromarty Firth’s supply chain companies to “keep the faith” amid signs of a “fragile confidence” returning to parts of the North Sea industry.
Dominating the skyline on the Moray Firth, the world’s biggest jack up oil rig could been clearly seen several hundred yards offshore.
A campaign group has discovered that the UK is holding up an agreement among countries bordering the North Sea aimed at safeguarding against pollution.
Cromarty Firth port chiefs have agreed to a "programme of further work" to try to allay major community concerns about the proposed transfer of crude oil between tankers.
Concern has been raised about the extent of consultation carried out for plans to transfer crude oil between boats in the Cromarty Firth.
A Highland MP has accused the UK Government of "shoddy" handling of the application for ship-to-ship oil transfers off the Cromarty coast. Ian Blackford wrote to Scottish Secretary David Mundell yesterday to express his concern that Marine Scotland (MS) had not been directly consulted.
An oil worker has used one of the most iconic films to create an alternate world offshore. Craig Mann used some of the most notable characters from the films and photo shopped them on to oil rigs docked up in Cromarty Firth.
Rigs have been stacking up in the Cromarty Firth amid the continued decline in oil price.
Plans for the next phase of a major expansion of a north port will go on show to the public in December. The Port of Cromarty Firth hope to attract more huge cruise ships and jobs to the area with the expansion. It would be the fourth phase of the multi-million pound expansion plans at the Invergordon port, with the proposals including reclaiming an additional 17 acres of land. The plans are still in the process of being firmed up and public opinion is to be gathered in advance of the two public shows in December.
A well-known petroleum economist has warned that a spat over the creation of a new port in the Cromarty Firth risks giving the region a “bad image”. Tony Mackay, head of Mackay Consultants in Inverness, also criticised the Cromarty Firth Port Authority’s (CFPA) expansion plans, claiming that its estimates in terms of job creation and economic impact were “silly”.