Svalbard fast patrol
Finland-based boatbuilder Weldmec Marine has, together with its Norwegian partner Martec AS, signed a contract for the delivery of a specially equipped boat to the Governor of the Svalbard archipelago in Northern Norway.
The boat is Weldmec’s Serecraft M12 model, specially equipped for challenging duties and arctic conditions. The boat is a fast aluminum boat (38-40 knots), 12m in length, equipped with twin Yanmar engines and Hamilton waterjets. The main duties will be governmental patrol, environmental control and tourist inspections. The main area of use will be the Isfjord Basin at Svalbard.
This contract is cited by the company as proof of Weldmec Marine’s successful export oriented efforts on new customer segments and arctic areas. The company further states that ‘this strengthens the market position of Weldmec Marine as one of the leading manufacturers of professional boats in the Nordic countries’. The order stock is for the moment 11 boats, and the value of the orderstock is ca. 10 M€. Weldmec Marine has during the last years grown significantly (2017: + 58%) and expanded on all fields of business. For 2018 a growth of 12% is forecasted. The outlook for 2019 is very encouraging, as the turnover reaches over 10 M€ with a continued growth (over 30%).
Weldmec Marine Ltd. is located in Porvoo, Finland. It is a family owned company founded in 1996. The company focuses on professional and commercial boats as well as demanding fabrication in aluminium and steel, especially for the marine industry. Its speciality is the Serecraft commercial boat range along with workboats for other OEM brands. Weldmec also offers docking, service, repair and conversion job for commercial boats.
The boat for Svalbard will be delivered in June 2019.
By Jake Frith
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