Another Good News Report: Scotland is top of the Erasmus class, plans to make windmills from Wick and has invented a ‘rigid inflatable’ boat.

How can you blow up something that is already rigid? That’s my mind blown too. Easily done.

For the second time, I thought I’d tell some good news stories for a change though I get far fewer readers when I do. Regular readers will have noticed I had to respond to the BBC’s fake news about ‘buckling’ midwives. Isn’t it the pregnant mothers more at risk of that? I haven’t seen these in the national mainstream media. I certainly haven’t seen them on Reporting Scotland. Anyhow, they’re worth spreading I think. Here are some extracts with the references for the full reports:

Scottish Universities continue to welcome students from Europe despite threat from Brexit.

‘Scotland’s place as a destination of choice for EU students to undertake higher education is threatened by the hard Brexit model outlined by the UK Government, Higher Education Minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville said today: ‘We have the highest percentage of international and EU combined university students of the four UK nations with 21.6% in 2015-16… While we take some comfort from the fact that the drop is lower in Scotland – 4% compared with 7% in England – these new figures offer just one more indication of the damage being done by the decision to leave the EU. Encouragingly, the UCAS stats also show that the number of applicants to Scotland’s universities from outside of the EU is up 4% this year compared to last.’


Abandoned harbour buildings to be rebuilt as Wick gears up for Beatrice boom

Long-abandoned buildings at Wick harbour are to be rebuilt to serve a predicted business boom during construction of a massive offshore windfarm. Two buildings in the town’s Lower Pultneytown are to be turned into an operations and maintenance base for the construction of the Beatrice development in the Moray Firth. Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (Bowl) already have planning permission to redevelop the listed buildings.’

World first for Moray boat builder could triple turnover

A Moray based boat builder is to become the first in the world to build and supply a new type of rigid inflatable boat (RIB). The move will create six new jobs and treble the company’s turnover in the next three years. Probond Marine Limited (PBM) in Buckie was formed in 2015. In partnership with boat designer Barry Carson they are now building the renowned Carson range of commercial and military RIBs. The company has secured a £65,000 investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards the development costs of the new Interceptor Class demonstrator RIB and showcasing this at trade shows.’

‘The hull of the Interceptor Class is unique in being the first to use delta shaped multiple steps to reduce friction thus enabling higher all round performance for a given horsepower. Because of their configuration they also remove some of the potential drawbacks sometimes associated with stepped hulls. A straight unbroken keel line means easier trailer launching and push off after beaching. The hull is believed to be the first of its type in the world to offer water jet propulsion with a stepped hull.’

I hope that cheers someone up even if the last one leaves you, like me, utterly confused.


2 thoughts on “Another Good News Report: Scotland is top of the Erasmus class, plans to make windmills from Wick and has invented a ‘rigid inflatable’ boat.

  1. Contrary February 7, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Goodness, Scotland still has some industries and businesses that are not in crisis??

    I believe a Rigid Inflatable Boat is just a boat with puffy edges 🙂 ,,, so it doesn’t sink. Instead of installing bags of air inside the hull, you make it part of the construction & it is less likely to tip over. So the bottom is rigid and edges inflatable (either to a greater or lesser degree). Ah, unless you were just making a statement about the seeming dichotomy of the name ,,, well, I like my ‘puffy edges’ description so I will leave the explanation here for posterity.

    Imagine, though, a Scotland with an active shipping industry – busy ports, life back into some of the harbour towns, bustling, active, vibrant trade, import and export, lots of boats, lots of jobs ,,, why don’t we have this now?


    • johnrobertson834 February 8, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      No, I was seriously puzzled. Thanks. As you say wouldn’t it be wonderful?


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