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The opportunities for jobs for young people around the maritime activities in the port of Stornoway and beyond were emphasised yesterday (Friday August 27) at the opening of the new marina at Newton, Stornoway, against a backdrop of continued expansion schemes for Goat Island as a maritime and industrial centre.

Alex Macleod, chief executive of the Stornoway Port Authority, spoke of how they were working with the Scottish Government, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to make the best of the possible job opportunities in the port area.  He pointed out that the Port Authority was originally established 155 years ago, and had been on Goat Island since 1950 and the new developments were part of its continual progress. 

He spoke enthusiastically of the Maritime Skills course which brings together a wide variety of providers and employers, including the Scottish Qualifications Authority, Lews Castle College and the CnES Education Department. Pupils and staff from The Nicolson Institute were present at the event.

Mr Macleod said the port developments "are important for the maritime future of the Island.”

The opening was performed by Minister for Youth Employment and Training, Jamie Hepburn, MSP who said: “I am genuinely very pleased to be able to come back to Stornoway to see this progress. I’ve had the privilege to come up when I was in my previous ministerial role as Minister for Business.” That was for a meeting about making more of the waterfront in Stornoway and seeing what had been done so far was tremendous, he said.

He praised the partnership behind the project and spoke of the importance of ports in general to Scotland.

Photograph of official ribbon-cutting: From left, Rachel Mackenzie, Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Jamie Hepburn, MSP; Murdo Murray, who chairs Stornoway Port Authority; and Roddie mackay, Leader of of CnES