THE Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has commissioned a bespoke 30-tonne workboat for its sites at Loch Striven, Argyll, with delivery expected in early 2019.
Built by Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company on the Isle of Bute, the vessel commission will see the family run firm employ four new modern apprentices to assist with the build.
The announcement follows SSC reporting positive results for the first half of the year.
Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company has more than 40 years’ worth of experience in the pleasure and commercial craft manufacturing field.
Craig Anderson, chief executive of the SSC, said: ‘The Scottish Salmon Company is proud that this is the fifth boat built for us by Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company.
‘The close working relationship allows us to work together to incorporate new technology and to design improvements in the vessels.
‘SSC is committed to using Scottish suppliers where possible and we look forward to launching the new boat next year.’
Ewan Ferguson, managing director of Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company, said: ‘As a small family run business, projects like this are very significant as they allow us to continue growing and bringing in more apprentices.
‘The Scottish Salmon Company are one of our biggest customers, so we are happy that they have chosen Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company to build their new workboat.’
Picture: Ewan Ferguson of Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company and Keith McTaggart of Scottish Salmon Company at the boatyard on the Isle of Bute