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New vessel joins Scottish fish farm fleet

Technology & equipment

Inverlussa Marine Services has taken delivery of a new 25.5m aquaculture support vessel from Havyard in Norway.

Called the Kiera Fiona, it follows in the wake of the Gina Mary, which was delivered in May. Both vessels were drawn up by Macduff Ship Design in Aberdeenshire and built by Havyard Ship Technology. Both will be operating on contracts for Marine Harvest, to assist with fish treatments and general site work activities.

© Inverlussa Marine Services

Ben Wilson, MD of Inverlussa, said: “When we made the significant investment in these ships, we had no contracts for them to fulfil, however, it was an important time for us to invest in a growing sector and shows our confidence in fish farming in Scotland. We are delighted to be working with Marine Harvest.”

This is the first time that the Mull-based firm, which has doubled its workforce to over 70 people in the last four years and now has a fleet of 11 vessels, has used ship builders outside Scotland.

© Inverlussa Marine Services

“We would normally use Scottish ship designers and builders,” explains Ben, “but when we spoke to them last year, they were so busy that they couldn’t meet our timescales. This afforded us the opportunity to buy from the world-renowned shipbuilders, Havyard in Norway, using the designs by Macduff in Aberdeenshire and we are delighted with the results. The Gina Mary has already been active during the summer months and the crew love working on such a fabulous ship. We are now looking forward to getting the Kiera Fiona into operation.”

Vessel specs

  • 25.5m length x 9.7m beam
  • Deadweight – 400 tonnes
  • Deckload – 182 tonnes
  • Total engine power – 1200hp
  • Crane 1x 100t/m & 1x 48t/m