Scottish Sea Farms is set to take delivery of a new purpose-built workboat to increase response times to gill health issues.

Due into service in early 2020 following an 18-month build, the Fair Isle is the latest in a series of investments in gill health by Scottish Sea Farms

Due into service in early 2020 following an 18-month build, the Fair Isle is the latest in a series of investments in gill health by Scottish Sea Farms (Image: Nauplius)

This is part of a concerted drive by the salmon grower to boost fish welfare and survival, and follows on from its £750,000 investment in two gill-health related research projects.

Costing £1.9m, the Fair Isle – named after the island that lies between mainland Shetland and Orkney – will service Scottish Sea Farms’ more northerly regions delivering proactive, preventative veterinary treatment for gill health issues as they emerge.

This, in turn, will enable existing workboat, the Sally Ann, to dedicate itself to the company’s mainland farms, ensuring faster response times across the estate.

Built by Dutch-based Nauplius Workboats, the 21.2m x 9.3m Fair Isle has a service speed of eight knots, combined with the sturdiness and stability to fulfil duties even in the more extreme weather conditions of Shetland and Orkney.

Key features include:

* Two x low fuel consumption, low noise 480Hp Doosan main engines to power all necessary anchor-handling, towing and installation operations

* 120m2 working deck capable of carrying up to 60 tonnes of equipment, mooring systems and veterinary medicines

* Large-sized HS Marine deck crane with three times the lifting capacity of Scottish Sea Farms’ existing vessels in Shetland and Orkney, providing an even safer working environment

* Comfortable onboard accommodation with three individual cabins for crew when working away from home.

Due into service in early 2020 following an 18-month build, the Fair Isle is the latest in a series of investments in gill health by Scottish Sea Farms.

The Fair Isle is the second vessel to be built by Nauplius Workboats on behalf of Scottish Sea Farms; the first being the 15.5m x 7.32m Sandoyne Lass which joined the fleet in 2017 and services the company’s Westerbister farm in Orkney.

By Jake Frith