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A big lifting ship has today (Thursday 28 March) left a Canadian port, setting course for Stornoway with a delivery for the islands’ aquaculture industry.

The Dutch-owned cargo vessel Paleisgracht is loaded with a new 15metre workboat for delivery to Mowi and is expected to be in Stornoway to discharge her cargo early on Tuesday 2 April.

Paleisgracht, a 169-metre heavy lifting vessel, left Marystown in Newfoundland shortly after 10am today and is currently making 12knots on a south-easterly heading around St John’s and across the North Atlantic.

She’s been in the Marystown anchorage for several days awaiting load of the workboat, which will be unloaded directly into the water in Stornoway’s outer harbour next week.

Mowi Scotland is the UK’s largest supplier of farm-raised Atlantic salmon and has a number of sites in the Western Isles, including in Loch Erisort, Loch Shell and Loch Seaforth.

The pictures show Paleisgracht delivering luxury yachts to Florida in 2021 (Michael Busch) and a screenshot of her position off Newfoundland at lunchtime today (