New processor gives Shetland schools a computer boost –

New processor gives Shetland schools a computer boost European Fish Trader Published:  04 November, 2003

NEW Shetland-based shellfish processor, Forest and Ocean, has presented representatives of Hamnavoe Primary and Scalloway Junior High schools in Shetland with a total of ten new computers to demonstrate its commitment to the local community.

Forest and Ocean, a Korean owned international operation with its headquarters in London, is in the throws of establishing a processing unit and canning plant in the Lochaber area on the west coast of Scotland. The plant will be operational at the start of next year and will be establishing satellite collection points in Portree, Lewis and Mallaig to collect buckies from fishermen.

The factory on the island of Burra in Shetland marks the first development for the company.

Shetland manager Jonathan Williamson said: “The factory will begin operating very soon and we will be processing shellfish, primarily buckies. This is a welcome development for Burra and one which will hopefully generate considerable income and employment opportunities for the area.

“We wanted to show our support to local education and our determination to make the business a long-standing success by gifting ten new computers. We felt that such a donation would be highly beneficial to the children attending both schools, fostering skills for the long term future of Shetland’s workforce.”

After the presentation, Mike Hannah, headmaster of Hamnavoe Primary School, commented: “The school is absolutely delighted to receive the computers from Forest and Ocean. It is a magnificent gesture to the local community. During the presentation, the company’s managing director, Mr Lim, explained how the company wanted to look towards the future and how children are our future. In my view this is indeed the case, and I think it is very rewarding that they should try to work towards this in such a practical way.”

Archie Green, headmaster of Scalloway Junior High School said: “We are very pleased that Forest and Ocean involved our school, as well as Burra. It is a very generous gesture and I wish them all the best in their new enterprise.”

Jonathan Williamson concluded: “Forest and Ocean are making a long term investment in the processing factory and we want to do all we can to ensure our success will directly benefit Shetland as a whole, and the immediate areas of Burra and Scalloway in particular. “