THE new owners of a boat firm have delivered their first vessel.
Meercat Workboats has got up and running under the umbrella of new owners Burgess Marine with the handover of a £14m boat to Scottish fish farming specialists Dawnfresh Farming.
Meercat completed the steel build, named the Falls of Lora, at its facilities in Portchester and the vessel is now in operation at Dawnfresh’s trout farming operation on Loch Etive.
It is being used for general fish farm maintenance with a particular focus on feeding operations.
New Meercat managing director Jason Coltman said: ‘This is the 22nd vessel built by the company and the first under the new ownership.
‘Again, we have delivered the project on time and on budget, underlining our growing role as a leading supplier of small workboats.’
Gideon Pringle, farming director at Dawnfresh, added: ‘This project has probably been one of the most successful that I have known in terms of accuracy and achieving expectations.’
With a cargo carrying capacity of 15 tonnes, a Heila HLM 10-3s crane with remote control and twin two-tonne capstans, the Meercat is well suited for lifting operations and net handling.
Considerable focus has gone into creating a large, clear ‘snag free’ deck with ample use of flush deck fittings and limited use of deck hatching.
The aim of Meercat’s 15-strong workforce is to expand the company’s product range to include barges, canal tugs, bigger class approved workboats and aluminium builds for wind farm support.