Media Release: Unique view of life from Stornoway harbour on BBC ALBA

Stornoway Shipping Services

Trusadh: Stornoway Maritime Matters

BBC ALBA – Monday 11 February 17:30 – 19:30

NORMAN and Alastair MacArthur are the two shipping agents based in Stornoway, the Western Isles’ primary port.

They offer a comprehensive range of services for vessels of all sizes, and are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

With almost 40 years of experience to draw on they claim to offer a ‘first-class professional service’.

Ready, waiting – and at the beck and call of any ship’s captain that is visiting Stornoway – this duo will turn their hand to anything. Now, BBC ALBA takes a look at the typical daily work of the Stornoway Shipping Services in Trusadh: Stornoway Maritime Matters.

From magnifying glasses and boiler suits for the ship’s crew to organising medevac and repatriation services for its passengers: no job is too small or too large… and no distance is too great.

With cruise ships bringing passengers by their thousands, and yachts and fishing boats all in need of their service, it looks like Norman and Alastair are in for a busy summer. In this Trusadh programme, we will see how they get on.

Trusadh: Stornoway Maritime Matters is produced for BBC ALBA by MacTV and will be transmitted on Monday 11 February at 9.00pm.


For further information please contact Gary McQueen at Media House on 0141 220 6040 or email

Notes to editors:

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