Fisheries patrol catamaran for North Wales’ waters

'Lady Megan' is a compact, robust and highly versatile vessel
'Lady Megan' is a compact, robust and highly versatile vessel
The upper deck wheelhouse features excellent 360 degree visibility
The upper deck wheelhouse features excellent 360 degree visibility
Lady Megan is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C18 main engines, each producing 651kW @ 2200 rpm
'Lady Megan' is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C18 main engines, each producing 651kW @ 2200rpm

‘Lady Megan’, is a 19m Catamaran Fisheries Patrol Vessel designed and built to a demanding specification.

Built by Mainstay Marine for the Welsh Government and designed by Incat Crowther, Lady Megan is a robust and versatile vessel that packs immense functionality into its modest platform and is designed to operate year round in the harsh conditions of the Irish Sea.

The aft working deck of Lady Megan is the epicentre of this functionality, featuring a hydraulically operated tender launch and recovery system, capable of launching and retrieving a 5m RIB whilst the vessel is in motion in Sea State 3. The main deck also houses a pot hauler, deck stores, capstans and a deck crane for unloading large items such as quad bikes.

Lady Megan sleeps eight, with permanent berths for six and convertible berths for two. Each hull has toilet and shower rooms adjacent to twin cabins, while the captain’s cabin is located on the main deck. The main cabin also features three individual forward-facing seats, a fully-kitted galley, settee, shower room and wet room/workshop.  The upper deck wheelhouse features excellent 360 degree visibility.

The catamaran has many features to combat the harsh conditions. The vessel’s centre bow and active interceptors combine to improve seakeeping, whilst manoeuvrability and station-keeping are assisted by a pair of Hercules HHBT45 bow thrusters. The skeg is configured to protect the propeller from debris, while allowing the vessel to be beached. One of the generators is also air-cooled to enable systems to continue to be powered if the vessel is dried out between tides.

Lady Megan is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C18 main engines, each producing 651kW @ 2200 rpm. In recent sea trials, she achieved a maximum speed of 27 knots and comfortably achieves a loaded service speed of 20 knots. The vessel is classed to BV rules.

This is a compact, robust and highly versatile vessel, demonstrating Incat Crowther’s expertise in designing patrol vessels for government authorities.

As reported in last month’s Maritime Journal, this design was built by Mainstay Marine of Pembrokeshire, West Wales alongside a 26m monohull patrol vessel for the same client.

Built concurrently, the 26m Monohull FPV and 19m Catamaran FPV will replace the current ageing boats, to effectively protect from illegal fishing activity in Welsh waters and safeguard Wales’ coastal communities for years to come.

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths recently commented that ‘’Brexit will present us with a number of challenges, but our new vessels put us in a strong position to support our fishing industry and improve future sustainability’’

Stewart Graves, Managing Director of Mainstay Marine Solutions, commented ‘’We are delighted to have built such iconic flagship vessels of national importance. The high level of quality workmanship on both vessels will serve the Welsh Fisheries teams well on their future voyages for years to come. Both vessels house state of the art communication and navigational equipment which is a great endorsement of Mainstay’s aptitude for innovation and its prospects for future growth and development’’

Mainstay’s success continues with the recent announcement that it has been awarded and commenced work on a contract to build, fabricate and outfit the integrated communications masts for the Royal Navy’s first three Type 26, City Class frigates.

The company is also due to deliver an 11m RIB to Cammell Laird Shipbuilders for use on the UK’s New Polar Research Vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough later in the month.

Visit Mainstay Marine Solutions at Seawork International 2019 on stand PY105, and visit Incat Crowther UK on PG45

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