UK ship repair company nabs contract to build new multi-cat vessel platform for Mowi

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Dales Marine Services enters new build arena, with shipbuilding brought back to dry dock to Aberdeen.

UK ship repair company Dales Marine Services has announced a new contract for a new multi-cat style vessel platform for Mowi Ireland.

Dales Marine Services has over 30 years in vessel engineering and dry dock services with multiple vessels visiting its dry docks in Aberdeen, Leith, Greenock and Troon with a supporting dry dock at Grangemouth.

Multi-cat Style Vessel Platform 1001. ILLUSTRATION: Dales Marine Services

“Marine Design International is pleased to work with Dales Marine Services on the new build “Multifarm 18″ after their success in a highly competitive international tendering process,” the company wrote in a press release.

The company has been working closely with the aquaculture sector delivering dry dock services at its west coast facilities in both Greenock and Troon and providing offshore technicians and engineers to carry out urgent vessel maintenance and repair services in-situ.

On the award of this contract, Marine Design International director Simon Cormack said that his company “demonstrated an in-depth knowledge in vessel engineering and an ability to deliver at a competitive price”.

“The new design has been developed with Mowi Ireland as a platform incorporating the hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical supplies required for operations on the farms. This latest model also has propulsion efficiency improvements for transits between sites,” he said.

“Dales is thrilled to have secured this contract which I know will become a key achievement in the company’s timeline. We have years of vessel engineering, repurposing vessels and knowing that we can transfer these skills into a multi-cat vessel build. Everyone at Dales is proud and pleased with this new vessel build,” said CEO Michael Milne.

“We know from our records that the Dales dry dock in Aberdeen last saw a vessel built in it during the late 1980s when the dry dock was owned by Halls & Russell. It is an exciting chapter for the dry dock to be bringing back shipbuilding to Aberdeen, all be it a smaller vessel but hopefully the start of bigger things to come,” Milne continued.