The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) scooped a prestigious Scottish Green Energy Award for its work in enabling the fishing fleet to diversify into the offshore wind sector.

 The SFF and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) were jointly nominated by Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd for the ‘Contribution to Skills’ award in recognition of their efforts in enabling active participation in the offshore wind sector in the Moray Firth.

 This was achieved through the adaptation of support services originally developed for the oil & gas industry for use in the offshore wind sector. Aided by SDS, this included the upskilling and training of fishermen to participate in such work.

 Commenting on the award, John Watt Operations Director/Industry Advisor for the SFF said: “Winning this award in conjunction with Skills Development Scotland is a tremendous achievement that reflects the ability of our fishing fleet to adapt their skills-base to meet the support requirements of the offshore energy sector.”

 The winners of the Scottish Renewables Scottish Green Energy Awards were announced at a glittering event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last night (1 December 2016).