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Survey boat saves fuel on canal

The Sir John Murray in the canal
The Sir John Murray is using the canal instead of the Pentland Firth

A survey vessel owned by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has used the Caledonian Canal to save on fuel, time and carbon emmissions.

The Sir John Murray would normally travel from east to west via the Pentland Firth off the north coast.

However, Sepa opted for a shorter two-day journey using the canal from Inverness to Corpach, near Fort William.

The boat is used in the monitoring of water around the Scottish coast.

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