New investment for Wick Harbour redevelopment
A project developing Wick Harbour as a port for the renewable energy industry is to receive investment of up to £450,000.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which is responsible for the Dounreay nuclear complex 30 miles (49km) away, will contribute £250,000.
Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE) has offered up to £200,000.
Wick Harbour Authority has also attracted private sector funding towards upgrading the port.
The authority plans to install heavy lifting equipment and dredge the channel to the harbour's commercial quay.
The port could serve as a base for the construction of two large offshore wind farms proposed for off the Caithness coast in the Moray Firth.
Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd plans to install up to 339 turbines and Beatrice Offshore Windfarm as many as 277 in the firth.
Wick was Europe's largest herring fish port from the 18th until the early 20th Century.
A new marina was opened at the harbour in 2009.