The fortunes of Arnish may at last be turning for the better

Could this be a turning point for Arnish?Could this be a turning point for Arnish?
Could this be a turning point for Arnish?
Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil spoke last week with the CEO of the firm Infrastrata to discuss plans to revive the Arnish yard on the Isle of Lewis.

Mr MacNeil arranged an online meeting to discuss the plans with the new owners CEO, John Wood.

The Gazette told of the news that the yard had been bought out of administration in a previous edition, although little was known of the new owners plans at that time.

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The plan for Arnish under discussion between Mr MacNeil and Mr Wood confirmed some more detail, including the creation of a number of new jobs including 32 apprenticeships by 2025.

Mr MacNeil said: “I had a very good call with Infrastrata about Arnish. Their plans would seem to be in tandem with other operations that they have, although Arnish would be looking to stand on its own two feet.

“Infrastrata has a good reputation for productivity and quality, which they say Arnish also has, and hopefully there will be an opportunity for apprenticeships there in addition to full-time jobs.

“They have a good track record in this area and know the business well.

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"They are doing quite diverse things to end the boom and bust cycle and to keep the steady stream going at Arnish in various areas.

"It is not for me to give details of what they hope to do, but they seem to have their feet on the ground and are ambitious for the future of the Arnish yard without the peaks and troughs of work.”

Let’s hope that this brings a turning point in the fortunes of what was previously a highly regarded site.