Boat builder brings manager on board

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MALIN Workboats has appointed a new manager to drive its Clyde based operation, which includes building aquaculture vessels.
The company, a newly launched arm of Malin Marine, announced today that David Cockburn will be its business unit manager.
Cockburn has extensive industry experience at companies including marine equipment and marine engine suppliers.
Graham Tait, managing director of Malin Marine, and with a family history in workboats and aquaculture, said: ‘There is undoubtedly huge potential for our company in aquaculture and other sectors which require tough, reliable and effective workboats, and we are delighted to have David Cockburn on board to focus on growing this part of our business.
‘Malin Group has a heritage going back over 100 years operating from the Clyde and we are excited about launching vessels on to the river going forward.’
Cockburn said: ‘I am excited by this new challenge working for Malin, a company which has earned its enviable reputation in the marine industry and which is now bringing that to bear in boat manufacture.
‘Customers who are looking to the future and innovative hybrid/electric propulsion systems will benefit from our expertise and longstanding experience.
‘By coming to Malin, you are purchasing more than a boat, you are buying into experience, knowledge and the capability that such a critical asset requires.’
Malin Workboats will be designed in house and built on the Clyde, offering customers a range with differing hull, deck and machinery arrangements.
The company’s engineers will provide service and refit support for the lifetime of the vessel, allowing future reconfiguration including additional deck equipment.
Tait said: ‘Malin Workboats will eventually look to relocate to a new facility at Malin Group\’s planned and ambitious Scottish Marine Technology Park also located on the river.
‘For now, we have the undercover capacity to build 12 workboats at any one time and with scale we can be very cost effective.’
The company recently delivered a new 16m design, with a larger vessel following soon afterwards, and is continuing to expand the range.
Picture: Malin\’s Provider workboat, built for a Shetland mussel farm

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