Lengthened whitefish boat back in Shetland
SKIPPER James Anderson and his crew sailed into Scalloway today with the newly lengthened Alison Kay LK 57.
They steamed overnight from Kartensens Shipyard in Skagen, Denmark, where a new 3.5m hull section was inserted.
The wheelhouse has also been raised by a metre and moved aft and new gear stores have been constructed on the main and trawl decks. There is also a new cabin below the wheelhouse.
Anderson said he and the crew were delighted with how the boat handled on the trip across the North Sea.
‘She’s a bit faster and much more stable with the reduced draught and extra length,’ he said.
‘We’re really pleased with the quality of the work that has been done and are looking forward to getting her out to sea fishing.’
Anderson said the crew would spend Thursday getting the gear back on board and intended to head off, possibly on Friday.
The investment in the Alison Kay is the latest to be made in the Shetland whitefish sector, following the arrival of the new Guardian Angell last year.
Two new whitefish boats are also under construction. Parkol Marine Engineering of Whitby is building a 27m seiner/trawler for the Resilient Fishing Company.
She is scheduled to be delivered to skipper Arthur Polson and partners Edward Jamieson, John Montgomery and John Irvine in the summer of this year.
The Whalsay company has just sold its current vessel, Resilient LK 195, to Tomas Whelahan of Clogherhead in County Louth.
Meanwhile, the Tranquility Fishing Company, also of Whalsay, has ordered a new 27.5m vessel from the Danish shipyard Vestvæflet, due for delivery in March 2018 to replace the current 26.6m seine-netter Tranquility LK 63.
Simon Collins, executive officer of Shetland Fishermen’s Association, said: ‘This investment marks a return of confidence to the whitefish fleet following three years of record landings here in Shetland.
‘Despite the scale of the task we have to make the landings obligation work, crews are determined to build a future for themselves.’
Picture: Alison Kay crew (from left), James Anderson (skipper), John Mair, Walter Johnson, John William Simpson, Stuart Pearson, Terry Laurenson and Kevin Ritch