Scotland’s expertise in subsea development is recognised by deal with Japan



Writing this April, noting how Scotland’s subsea expertise has grown dramatically over the five decades of oil extraction in the North Sea, I quoted from the Aberdeen Evening Express:

‘Scotland’s “expertise in renewable energy” is in demand around the world, with businesses working in more than 40 countries, according to new research. Projects include advising the government of Japan, providing cranes to build wind farms in Morocco and South Africa and working with the World Bank in Chile, industry body Scottish Renewables said.’

Scotland’s expertise in oil extraction leads to opportunities far beyond the North Sea

Scottish subsea expertise to the fore again

Now developments seem to be growing and becoming more formalised:

‘Economy Secretary Keith Brown has met with the Japanese Ambassador to the UK, Mr Koji Tsuruoka, the President of the Nippon Foundation, Forrest Wang, and representatives from Scottish Enterprise, for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Japan and Scotland, designed to capitalise on opportunities in the growing subsea technologies sector.’

Economy Secretary Keith Brown said:

‘By working together, we expect both countries to maximise their subsea technologies at a greater rate, and to increase our respective shares of the sector accordingly – which is worth some £50 billion annually. The MOU [Memorandum of Understanding] should also consolidate the strong economic and diplomatic bonds which exist between our two nations.’

Readers may already have noted the links being developed with Japan in the food and drink sectors:

SNP Government-funded agents in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and Singapore, help Scotland increase exports of food and drink to Asia to more than £1 billion.


5 thoughts on “Scotland’s expertise in subsea development is recognised by deal with Japan

  1. John September 6, 2017 / 9:29 am

    If only we could tell the general public what innovations take place in Scotland on a daily basis . In other countries their press and broadcasting media shout from the rooftops anything and everything their country achieves . in Scotland the media look for any angle they can to scoff , berate and rubbish everything the SNP government does .I am afraid you are going to have to keep informing us for a very long time John !


  2. johnrobertson834 September 6, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Thanks John. According to my blog statistics, most of my stories get around 1 000 reads with the odd one like SNP poll get up to 9 000. I’m told that a greater number will see the Twitter headlines and at least note these even if they don’t read the whole thing. It might be the same with Facebook. I have 700 friends who often share the report and I can’t tell if their friends read or merely note the headline? With eg the Scotsman only getting 20 000, I suppose i should be reasonably satisfied but the problem is the BBC.

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  3. Contrary September 7, 2017 / 7:22 am

    You are getting an average of 1000 reads? That’s superb, definitely picked up since the start of the year then. I find Facebook extremely frustrating, otherwise I would ask to be your friend too (though you seem to have an awful lot already 🙂 ) -but I go there as little as possible so wouldn’t be much use!

    Yes, the problem is with getting the message out there, making people realise that the news they are getting is not the real picture, that there is still much that is good in the world. But, you don’t need to take it all on yourself John, there are lots of us out here (at least a 1000?!) that can be spreading the good word too,,,

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    • johnrobertson834 September 7, 2017 / 7:42 am

      61 458 in August so that’s nearer 2 000 average I suppose. Stories like YouGov poll push the average up and the Crossing coming in under budget too – attracting core SNP supporters?

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