Macduff Shipyards hav secured an order to build a 26.75m General Purpose Workboat for Inverlussa Marine Services, based at Loch Spelvie on the Island of Mull.
In addition to a mussel farm Inverlussa also operate other vessels, under the direction of Ben Wilson.
It is the intention to operate the vessel for coastal cargo, civil engineering and renewable energy support and general towing work.
In close co-operation with the shipyard and the owners, the design has been developed by Macduff Ship Design Limited who will provide the construction drawings and cutting information for the steel to be prepared by Macduff Profilers, a division of Macduff Shipyards Limited.
The twin screw, shallow draft vessel will be capable of carrying 100 tonnes of deck cargo, but will also have a dry hold, and facilities for cargo fuel and water transfer.
A 100 tonne/metre combined knuckle telescopic deck crane will enhance the vessel’s varied capabilities.
Propulsion will be provided by two 530HP Doosan engines. Preparation is underway for an early start to construction, following the plan approval process.
A spokesman for Macduff said: “This is good news for continued employment in Macduff, and significant diversification for the shipyard.”