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The Provider, decked out for her naming, seen on the Clyde passing Malin's Glasgow HQ, the South Rotunda. Photo: Malin Marine

A Clyde-built workboat that is believed to be the first ship built in Renfrew since 1964 is being named at a ceremony in Glasgow today.

The Provider – which has been ordered by a Shetland mussel farmer -is a 16.2-metre multipurpose workboat built by Malin Marine and is the first of what the company hopes will be many vessels for Scotland’s aquaculture industry.

The MSD 1655 workboat can be transported by road, something that allowed Malin to take it north and show it off at the Aquaculture UK event at Aviemore in May.

Malin Marine director Graham Tait said the vessel had attracted significant interest and the company had since quoted for four more workboats.

Milestone

He added: “This is a major milestone for Malin Marine and the culmination of many hours of hard work by our multi-disciplined team.

“The vessel build project followed a strategic decision to expand our capability on the Clyde into the design and construction of commercial work vessels. Concept design, detailed design, fabrication and fit out was completed to a high standard using mainly our in-house resources with support from a skilled local supply chain.”

The Provider is designed with a clear, stable deck for all types of marine operations and serviced by a marine crane. She is a shallow draught, twin-screw design which increases manoeuvrability and safety.

The figures

General design: Heavy duty; road transportable.
Typical applications: Harbour & coastal waters - general purpose workboat / mooring operations / aquaculture
Certification: Workboat Code CAT 2 or 3
Bollard pull: Approx. 5 Te
Speed: 8 knots
Length O.A: 16.20 m
Length B.P.P: 15.70 m
Beam moulded: 5.50 m
Depth moulded: 2.00 m
Operating draught: 1.20 m
Capacities
Deck loading:
 20 Te max / 5 Te/m2 (strength)
Main Engine / Gearbox: 2 x Volvo Penta D7C TA (199 Hp @1900 RPM); 2 x ZF280-1 / 2.47:1 / PTO), keel cooled
Aux Hydraulic / Genset: Perkins 1104A.44TG2, 73 kw, keel cooled; Tandem LP/HP load sensing Mech Alte 20 kva generator
Propulsion: Twin Screw FP / Duplex SS shaft, R&D couplings, cutless bearings
Deck Crane: 1 x HS Marine AK20 HE4 hydraulic knuckle boom:
- 1 Te @ 9m Radius
- WiFi Control & winch (optional)
Deck Winches: 1x 4Te hydraulic braked capstan, towing winch to suit client requirements (optional)
Accommodation: Wheelhouse – Heated wheelhouse with 360deg visibility, seating, table and small galley area; main deck WC with hot & cold water
Navigation / Safety: Radar, chart plotter, GPS, DSC VHF, depth sounder, compass, SOLAS. EPIRB / SART

Graham Tait: Important for Scotland to have vessel-building capacity to support aquaculture. Photo: FFE
Graham Tait: Important for Scotland to have vessel-building capacity to support aquaculture. Photo: FFE

New era

Tait said: “We built our small ship in the shadows of some of the world’s most famous shipyards and she follows behind some mighty ships which set sail from the Clyde, and we hope this points to a new era of commercial marine activity on the upper Clyde.

“Our aim is to scale vessel size upwards and develop infrastructure and facilities to undertake larger and more complex projects both in newbuild and ship conversion / repair, thus it is critical that the Clyde remains open and accessible to this type of work.

“Vessels of this design and size are used in various industries including aquaculture, ports, marine civils and inland waterways. In Scotland we have a large and expanding aquaculture industry which require a whole range of vessels to service the marine farm sites including workboats like this one. It is important for the supply chain here in Scotland to have the vessel-building capability to support this industry amongst others.”

The Provider being transported across Scotland. Photo: Malin
The Provider being transported across Scotland. Photo: Malin
The Provider on display at Aquaculture UK in May. Photo: FFE
The Provider on display at Aquaculture UK in May. Photo: FFE
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