Boat comes in for Mull company

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A new workboat has been handed over to a marine services company on Mull.

Inverlussa Marine Services of Craignure, has now added the Damen Multi Cat 1908 – named Patricia Matheson – to its fleet.

It is named after the sister of company director Douglas Wilson and will be used in contracts for off-shore wind farms and fish-farming.

It was built by Damen Shipyards Group in Hardinxveld, situated on the Boven Merwede, a river in the western Netherlands.

Inverlussa Marine Services supply vessels to service contracts throughout the UK and Europe.

Ben Wilson, managing director of Inverlussa Marine Services said: ‘We enjoyed working with Damen on this project.

‘Their Multi Cats are renowned around the world and when the right opportunity arose, we were delighted to partner with them.

‘The Patricia Matheson will strengthen the breadth of services that we can now provide to our clients in Scotland and further afield.’

Although based on the standardised design, Inverlussa Marine Services have customised its new vessel.

It has included the positioning of the capstan cranes and manoeuvring stands, some tailoring to the vessel’s accommodation and the installation of an additional generator to provide the power it needs to serve the aquaculture industry.

Additionally, Patricia Matheson features an additional crane and a larger main winch.

Mike Besijn, Damen sales manager, said: ‘It’s been a pleasure working with Inverlussa Marine Services on the development of their Multi Cat.

‘They really knew what they were looking for in their vessel and have provided us with valuable input in her development.

‘On behalf of Damen, I would like to wish the company every success with their first Damen vessel.’

The new Patricia Matheson workboat for Inverlussan Marine Services