There were three cruise ship visitations by the French owned “Le Boreal” last month, Saturday 12th May; Thursday 24th May, and Saturday 26th May.
This is the third successive year that “Le Boreal” has called at the Port of Mallaig with the holidaymakers on board either being picked up or dropped off so that they can enjoy the delights of the steam train journey on the West Highland Line.
There was one further visit by a cruise ship, the 156 metre “MV Silver Cloud” operated by Silver Sea Cruises, Fort Lauderdale, anchored off the port on Friday 25th May awaiting the embarkation of its 300 plus passengers who had enjoyed a trip on the steam train.
No other cruise ship visitations are planned for 2018.
Congratulations to Joe Blower and the Western Isles team on the arrival of their new passenger ferry, the 14m long “Larven”. The “Larven” built by Powerglide in Wadebridge, Cornwall is licensed to carry 42 passengers plus 3 of a crew and it’s expected to take up service at the start of the month.
Local fish merchant Mr Andy Race stepped down from the Authority in April of this year having served a period of twenty eight years as a Board Member of the Mallaig Harbour Authority.
Andy was duly elected onto the Board of the Authority in 1990 to represent “other harbour users” and on the 1st June 1990 attended his first meeting! Sitting around the table with him on that day were Michael Currie, Peter Downie, Willie Jack (all Mallaig & North West Fishermen’s Association): Charlie King and Michael Foxley (Highland Regional Council); Charlie MacGillivray and Cpt RCS Campbell (Caledonian MacBrayne); Charlie Sinclair (British Rail); and Willie Sutherland (Scottish White Fish Producers).
A presentation in honour of his 28 years with the Authority will be made to Mr Andy Race later this year!
Taking over from Andy will be Mr Jim Wilson, an ex Morar resident who now lives in Pitlochry.