AFTER being named Aquaculture Supplier of the Year at the recent Scottish Aquaculture Awards in Aviemore, Mull based Inverlussa Marine Services is now looking to build upon this success by further investing in the business.
One of Scotland’s leading workboat operators, the company won the award in recognition of the quality of service it provides to customers.
Employing 70 people, predominately from the Highlands and islands, Inverlussa has seen significant growth in recent years.
Its vessels are built to meet the specific requirements of the aquaculture sector and in the last three years alone the number of craft in the fleet has doubled.
This included taking delivery of two specially designed 25.5m work vessels in 2017, which went straight into service for fish farm customers.
Ben Wilson, Inverlussa managing director, said the award was testimony to the hard work and dedication of the workforce in providing the best quality service to Scotland’s growing and economically important aquaculture sector.
‘This award recognises the hard work all our crew and shore staff do on a daily basis,’ he said. ‘The service we provide to our customers is our key focus, which is delivered by a talented workforce.’
Wilson added: ‘For the future, we intend to continue with our investment programme – including the acquisition of new vessels and providing staff with the highest level training – so that we can deliver innovative solutions to the market and meet the ever changing requirements of our customers.’
Inverlussa is also committed to supporting the local Mull community and earlier this year the company launched a Youth Training Programme for school leavers, encouraging them to build a career with a local island company.
Wilson said: ‘We are determined to encourage local employment, training and support here in Mull.
‘Aquaculture is a vital industry to Scotland’s fragile west coast communities. It is sustainable and provides a quality product in global demand, which means the sector offers great career prospects, as well as opportunities for local economic growth.’
Picture: Inverlussa service boat the Gina Mary