Pembroke Dock based boat builders and designers Mainstay Marine Solutions has delivered two Fisheries Protection Vessels (FPV) to Welsh Fisheries.
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.
With a maximum capacity of 71 and 62 tonnes respectively, the vessels are capable of reaching 28 and 27 knots with an average mixed duty cycle of 2000 hrs per year with a compliment of 8 crew each. Both vessels have been built to BV and Workboat code classification.
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’’
The catamaran named ‘Lady Megan’, which has a 5m RIB with hydraulic Launch and Recovery System (LARS) on board, was designed by Incat Crowther and will serve the North Fisheries zone.
The monohull named ‘Rhodri Morgan’, designed by Camarc Design also has a LARS on board for its 6.5m RIB and will serve the South Fisheries zone.
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’’
The company’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.
Charlotte Wood, Marketing and Business Development Manager , February 2019