Meercat sells new workboat to Scottish aquaculture firm Dawnfresh

Associations, Fisheries, Marine Equipment Products and Services, Markets, News, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Technical, Technology — By on August 19, 2016 at 1:18 PM

WHAT A CATCH 1MEERCAT Workboats have successfully supported the Scottish aquaculture sector by selling a third vessel to Dawnfresh.

MC26, named ‘Venetia, is an aquaculture specific workboat which will be delivered to Scotland later this month. (AUGUST)

It is a 15m x 6m monohull workboat designed and principally engineered for aquaculture.

The vessel is built to UK 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.

Jamie Lewis, Meercat’s Managing Director, said: “The sale of MC26 to Dawnfresh really is great, great news.

“We’ve worked hard to market Meercat workboats in both Scotland and to the aquaculture sector.

“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.”

WHAT A CATCH 2Meercat workboats attended Aquaculture 2016 in Aviemore in Scotland.  It is the UK’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.

“We look forward to welcoming the vessel to Scotland and integrating it with our existing fleet.”

The 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.

Jamie added: This move really is significant for us.

“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.

“The footprint really is perfect, and we need it to deliver on our FY17 business plan and our current developing pipeline.”

Dawnfresh – based in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, is one of the UK’s largest producers of fish and seafood with a number of faring sites and specialised production facilities.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Visit or call Jamie Lewis on +44 (0) 7973 116 275 for more details.


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