Catamaran gets new lease of life


It has been a busy few months for the team at Ross-shire Diving Services Ltd. While the divers have been kept busy servicing the fish farms, the office staff have been working hard behind the scenes for the second stage audit for ISO 9001:2015, 45001:2018 and 14001:2015.

The following months are looking to be just as busy, with the beginning of the renovation of the company’s catamaran. The renovations, designed by Kyle-based naval architect IK Macleod & Associates, are to commence next month, with works to be carried out by local boatbuilders Northwest Engineering Limited from their Russel yard at Loch Kishorn.

The bespoke design converts the existing vessel to a 16m steel workboat with 2 Doosan MD136Ti engines rated at 230hp and fitted with Dong I 3-1 reduction gearboxes. The vessel will have an 18.5 tonne meter Palfinger crane on its large working deck, two five tonne capstans and a five tonne towing winch. It has been designed with a large wheelhouse, four berth accommodation, dive panels and a moonpool for dedicated dive support.

Brian Watson, Managing Director at Ross-shire Diving Services Ltd said: “This will be the first workboat to be built for Ross-shire Diving Services and it was important to us keep the design and construction work in the Highlands, keeping in line with the company’s community focus and values.”

Having the boat centrally located will reduce supply times, increasing fuel efficiency and allowing a fast response for our customers.

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