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  • TT Club
  • VolkerStevin
  • Miller Insurance Services LLP
  • Calmac Ferries
  • Michelmores LLP
  • Harris Tweed Association
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar



SESSION 5 - BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT - "Opportunities for personnel training and development and the likely impact of changing pension requirements on businesses."

Chair: Sandra Laurenson, Chief Executive, Lerwick Port Authority

09.30 – 09.50 “Developing High Performing Teams”, Jim Oag, Director of Highlands and Islands Services, ‘Investors in People’

09.50 - 10.10 “The future for pensions”, Rory Murphy, Chairman, Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund

10.10 - 10.30 “Development and the delivery process of port operations qualifications and apprenticeships”, Colin Bassam, Training Manager, Port of Blyth

10.30 - 10.40 Q&A

10.40 – 11.10 Morning Coffee and Networking


SESSION 6 – MARINE INFRASTRUCTURE MODERNISATION- "A case study from Stornoway and Ullapool on recent investments in new infrastructure"

Chair: Lorna Spencer, Director of Harbours, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd

11.10 – 11.50 “Delivery of Innovative ferries and infrastructure to the Highlands and Western Isles”, 

Ullapool Works - why they were needed, what was done and the clever working and planning - Kevin Peach, CEO Ullapool Harbour Trustees and Alistair Chan, Projects Engineer Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd

The Loch Seaforth - from design to delivery highlighting innovative design ideas and the challenges presented in terms of meeting the operators/stakeholders requirements - Tom Docherty, CEO / Andrew Duncan

Stornoway Works - why they were needed, what was done and the challenges - Murdo Murray

Round up summary of the benefits of collaborative working and how these have been delivered through this project - Tom Docherty, CEO Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd


SESSION 7 – TIDAL LAGOONS - "A first look at the evolving tidal lagoon industry"

Chair:Andrew Moffat, Chairman, BPA

11.50 – 12.10 Harnessing the power of the tides. An update from Tidal Lagoon Power”, Tessa Blazey, Development Director, Tidal Lagoon Power

12.10 – 12.20 Q&A



Chair: Andrew Moffat, Chairman, BPA

12.20 – 12.25 Closing remarks by Andrew Moffat

12.25 – 12.35 Invitation from Port of Dover

12.35 – 14.00 LUNCH


Coaches to take delegates to Callanish Stones and afternoon reception / visit with craft speciality beers, whiskies and acoustic music in the Courtyard. 

Partner Programme will join delegates at Callanish Stones for 3pm. 

17.00 - Return to stornoway 

19:00 hours: Pick up from hotels and transfer to Lews Castle


Conference Farewell Dinner 

19:15: Drinks reception in Museum & Visitor Centre - Lews Chessmen exhibit available to view with museum staff. 

20.00/20.15: Conference Dinner

22.45/11.00 Transport back to hotels.

Dress code: Lounge Suits


Day 3 – Friday 2 October

Tour of Stornoway Port

Approx 9.15am - Transport will be provided from main hotels to Stornoway Port Authority for a technical tour hosted by SPA & Calmac Ferries, and will travel onward to Stornoway Airport for 11.30am for return flights. 

Airport Shuttle Transport will be provided for the primary flights to Glasgow/Inverness. Timings and arrangements to be confirmed.