Macduff Ship Design has over the past 10 years spent considerable time specialising in the design of small workboats and harbour vessels.

21m aquaculture workboat for Inverlussa

21m aquaculture workboat design for Inverlussa

This was partially driven by a wish to broaden the company’s reach and a relatively quiet period within its original core business of the UK fishing and aquaculture sector. However recent years has seen a resurgence in the interest in new build within these sectors.

Macduff Ship Design was originally conceived to work with the local UK fishing fleet and over the past 25 years despite diversification this has remained one of the core areas of business. This has led to the company’s extensive knowledge in the development of UK fishing and aquaculture sectors.

The resurgence in the fishing sector both in the UK and worldwide has led to significant new build interest with multiple fishing vessel contracts- upon which further details are provided in MJ’s sister title World Fishing.

Macduff Ship Design has been involved in the development of a wide range of vessels in the aquaculture sector over recent years for the local Scottish Salmon Farming industry, and with new regulation and expansion of this sector there is a keen demand for Macduff’s expertise in the development of new vessels to meet this demand.

Following a long and fruitful relationship Macduff is working again with Inverlussa Marine Services in the development of two new workboats for the aquaculture sector. The vessels, a 21m landing craft style workboat for general duties and a 26.25m LOA, under 24m registered, workboat coded vessel for Salmon treatment work are to be built in Scotland at Ferguson Marine.

Alongside the development of these vessels the company has been working with Ship Building Asia and Canadian owners in the development of an under 500 GT, 37m Harvest vessel with capacity for 6 x 50 cubic metre RSW tanks for fish harvest and transport. This vessel has been ordered through SBA, building in Vietnam.

As well as these vessels MSD has recently been awarded the supply of steel cutting data for a repeat build 14m catamaran workboat to be built by Macduff Shipyards.

The company has expressed delight at entering 2019 with such a full and varied order book.

By Jake Frith