Single noise complaint silences some cruise ship horns

Wednesday, June 7, 2023


Cruise ship captains have been silenced from sounding their horns as they leave a Highland port after officials received a single noise complaint.

Vessels sailing from Port of Cromarty Firth in Invergordon, Easter Ross, have been asked not to blast their horns as they bid farewell.

The Port of Cromarty Firth is now seeking views on the traditional goodbye.

The move has sparked a petition from other locals to reinstate the horns, which has gained more than 1,200 signatures.

Toria Anderson, from Cromarty, started the petition at the weekend and said the community was “appalled” and “very upset” that the horns have been stopped.

She added that liners have been passing Cromarty for many years and sounding their horns as a way of communication.

The port authority will discuss all feedback received with nine local community councils later this month.

A spokesperson said that at the moment, following a complaint from a member of the public in Cromarty, cruise ships are still being asked to refrain from sounding their horns as they leave the Firth.

The ships continue to sound their horns as they leave Invergordon and, if the communities of Cromarty and Nigg feel strongly about them sounding their horns as they leave the Firth, they will respect the wishes they express and advise the cruise ship operators accordingly.

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