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Marine Harvest goes Dutch again for four new workboats

The latest boats delivered by Nauplius are of a hybrid design between a landing craft and Multi Cat vessel, pictured. The four new boats have design improvements. Image: Nauplius/Argos
The latest boats delivered by Nauplius are of a hybrid design between a landing craft and Multi Cat vessel, pictured. The four new boats have design improvements. Image: Nauplius/Argos

Marine Harvest Scotland has ordered four new vessels from Dutch shipbuilder Nauplius Workboats.

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The workboats will have the same side wheelhouse design as two vessels, the Askival and Beinn Na Caillich, that have been newly completed by Nauplius for MH Scotland, the fish farmer has revealed in a Facebook post.

The new vessels will incorporate some slight design improvements from Nauplius technical director Gerrit Knol, who has taken into account feedback from Marine Harvest’s operators.

All four new workboats will be delivered from the Groningen firm next year. Marine Harvest farms at Uist and Barra will get new vessels in August and December. Muck will also receive one in August and the final vessel will go to Carradale before Christmas 2019.

Nauplius Workboats have already built seven site vessels for MH Scotland. The first workboats were landing craft design with aft wheelhouses. The second-generation boats were forward-wheelhouse 15-metre utility vessels and the last two were the newly-designed, side wheelhouse which is a hybrid design between a landing craft and Multi Cat vessel.

Don MacLeod, MH Scotland's delicing systems & fleet development manager, left, and Gerrit Knol. Photo: Marine Harvest
Don MacLeod, MH Scotland's delicing systems & fleet development manager, left, and Gerrit Knol. Photo: Marine Harvest
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