MEERCAT Workboats said it has sold a third workboat to Scottish aquaculture firm Dawnfresh. MC26, named Venetia, is an aquaculture specific workboat which will be delivered to Scotland in late August.
Venetia is a 15m x 6m monohull workboat designed and principally engineered for aquaculture. The vessel is built to U.K. MCA workboat code of practice CAT 3. She displaces 44T and has a deck loading of 10Tm2. The vessel is powered by two Doosan L136 Ti 460Hp engines with a Beta-Marine 21kVA 50Hz generator. Her deck cargo capacity is 20T. The deck crane is a HEILA HLRM 25/4S (1600kg at 12.62m) and the deck winch a North Sea CW50 5 tonne tugger winch.
“We’ve worked hard to market Meercat workboats in both Scotland and to the aquaculture sector,” said Jamie Lewis, Meercat’s Managing Director. “The fact that Dawnfresh are now on their third boat is both positive testament to the product and also the industrial application. Meercats are perfect for aquaculture.”
Meercat Workboats – based in Hampshire, U.K. – attended Aquaculture 2016 in Aviemore in Scotland. It is the U.K.’s biggest trade show and conference for the fish and shellfish farming industry.
Jim Hepburn, the Chief Financial Officer of Dawnfresh, said, “Working with Meercat is always a pleasure and we’re extremely grateful for the innovative financial solution we sought to achieve an August delivery.”
Dawnfresh – based in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, is a U.K. producer of fish and seafood with a number of faring sites and specialized production facilities.
The new vessel will be one of the last workboats to be built at the Meercat’s current premises prior to the business’s move to Hythe, at the top of Southampton Water in Hampshire.
“We’ve been searching for a new home for 18 months and it’s fantastic that we’ve found a superb landlord in Oceanic Estates and ideal new premises,” Lewis said. “The footprint really is perfect, and we need it to deliver on our FY17 business plan and our current developing pipeline.”