Fleet expansion at North West Marine

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North West Marine, the Scottish subsidiary of Jifmar Offshore Service, , is expanding its fleet with the arrival of the “Jif Mairi”. This multi-purpose vessel, built by Neptune Shipyard in Holland, was designed for the specific needs of aquaculture. 

This 24-meter-long and 9-meter-wide vessel has been completely redesigned, starting with the cranes. These have both been placed to starboard to facilitate work near the fish cages. In order to accommodate all the equipment necessary for the maintenance of the cages, the central winch has also been moved behind the castle, which offers a large free deck area of 150m2.

Also on the starboard side, D-fenders were installed to avoid damaging the nets. The vessel also has a “imbed” ladder to provide safe and convenient access for divers.

“We wanted to create a vessel that could meet 100 per-cent of the needs of our customers in the aquaculture sector. It’s a great tool for our sailors, which will be a huge asset to our
customers,” said Tony Ratcliffe, General Manager at North West Marine, in a press release.

Like all the vessels in the Group’s fleet, this vessel will also be capable of carrying out missions in ports, towing, diving support, ROV support, wreck recovery and much more.

“We wanted to keep for this vessel the versatility that is the strength of our fleet. The evolution of design to meet the specific needs of aquaculture should not come at the expense of other functions performed by an Eurocarrier. Thanks to the numerous exchanges between our Scottish and French teams and the shipyard, we have succeeded in this challenge,» said Jean-Michel Berud, CEO of Jifmar Offshore Services.

“Jif Mairi” will start its first long-term contract at the end of April.