Ship Horns in Peril: Debate Erupts Over Ban in Scottish Port

Ship Horns in Peril: Debate Erupts Over Ban in Scottish Port

…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media. The Traditional Farewell: Ban on Ship Horns Sparks Concerns for the Future

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The longstanding tradition of cruise ships bidding farewell with a resounding blast of their horns is facing an uncertain future in a Scottish port.

Captains of cruise ships departing from Invergordon, Easter Ross, have been instructed not to use their horns as they leave the Cromarty Firth.

This decision comes in response to a single noise complaint received by port officials, leaving many worried about the potential demise of this cherished tradition.

A petition has been initiated by local residents, urging the reinstatement of ship horns.

More than 1,000 people have already signed the petition, expressing their support for maintaining this maritime practice.

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The sounding of ship horns, which has been a customary way of bidding farewell, is deeply appreciated by both locals and tourists alike.

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The Port of Cromarty Firth has acknowledged the complaint and emphasized their commitment to resolving the issue.

A spokesperson for the port stated their dedication to being good neighbors and addressing community concerns.

They assured that the cruise ship masters have been advised to refrain from blowing their horns, respecting the complaint made by a resident in Cromarty.

However, many residents hold a different perspective on the matter.

Laura Thompson, a local resident, expressed her indifference to the ship horns and mentioned that they have never been a source of annoyance for her.

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She even shared an amusing anecdote about a ship playing a tune with its horn.

These sentiments reflect the positive reception of ship horns among the community.

The petition, initiated by Toria Anderson, highlights the disappointment felt by the Cromarty community and their desire to see the return of ship horns.

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Anderson emphasized the long-standing presence of cruise liners passing Cromarty and sounding their horns as a means of communication.

She argued that the horns are not only cherished traditions but also serve as important safety measures for communication between ships in foggy or limited visibility conditions.

Cromarty Firth is preparing to welcome a record number of passengers and ships during the upcoming 2023 cruising season.

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With over 125 liners scheduled to visit, bringing around 200,000 tourists, the port has been a vital part of the region’s tourism industry since 1978.

The proximity to Loch Ness and its famous monster adds to its appeal for cruise ship visitors.

The ban on ship horns in Invergordon has ignited a spirited debate between those who appreciate the tradition and those who raised the noise complaint.

The fate of this maritime farewell remains uncertain, and the outcome will have implications not only for the local community but also for the future of maritime customs and traditions.

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