Floating hotel arrives in Shetland to accommodate gas field workers

A 200-bedroom floating hotel has arrived in Shetland to house hundreds of Sullom Voe staff working on a £500m gas plant.

The Bibby Stockholm will accommodate up to 500 workers involved in building the plant to the west of the islands.

Lerwick harbour has recently been dredged to allow larger, offshore vessels to use the harbour.

Calum Grains, Lerwick harbourmaster, told STV News: "The size of vessels and equipment that's used in the development of some of these large new fields west of Shetland mean that the ports involved have to have the facilities capable of supporting that.

"Lerwick Port Authority has invested heavily in dredging the harbour and developing new deep-water quaysides which allows us to play a big part in some of these new developments."

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