In 2021, it is estimated that UK nationals accounted for 16% of the 103,590 seafarers active at sea working for companies within the membership of the UK Chamber of Shipping.
as this public health crisis continues into its third year Orkney is set to welcome a possible 207 cruise ships with the first one due to arrive, MS Gann, on 24th of March.
Now that cruise ships have once again been visiting Orkney and ports around the UK what happens when there are positive Covid cases on board?
The Council can confirm there were a small number of positive cases of COVID-19 on board two cruise liners that visited Kirkwall yesterday, Monday 20 September.
There are unconfirmed reports that there were people on board the Mariella 2 Explorer liner which visited Orkney yesterday who had been in Covid isolation since Saturday.
“coming in past Shapinsay, trailing its plume of fumes behind it. Note the irony of the trail of fumes passing the wind turbine…..”
Scotland became the first country in the world to commit to a Just Transition Planning Framework.
As Scotland gets ready to welcome the thousands of attendees flying in to attend the global climate summit COP26 in Glasgow it is worth looking at how other island communities are attempting to develop a sustainable tourism industry.
Proposals have been put forward on the development of Orkney’s World Heritage Site – known as The Heart of Neolithic Orkney which comprises the Maeshowe tomb, The Standing Stones of Stenness, The Ring of Brodgar and the village settlement of Skara Brae.
Orkney Islands Council is set to welcome 200 Cruise ships into the islands in 2022 despite serious concerns from many islanders and a little thing called ‘A Climate Emergency’.