New boat for Loch Duart

LOCH Duart has taken delivery of a new landing craft, the Lady Dee, at Lochmaddy in the Outer Hebrides. The boat marks a steady upturn in the company’s fortunes after some difficult times, with new management and a young, energetic and committed team.
The Lady Dee has been named in honour of Dee Macdonald who has been with the company for five years and who has made an outstanding contribution to the smooth running of the Hebridean operations, says Loch Duart, which also operates in Sutherland.
Dee was the unanimous choice of Loch Duart’s Hebridean team who were given the task of finding the perfect name.
Managing director, Alban Denton, who joined Loch Duart in 2015 and is spearheading the company’s growth and development plan, is delighted with the new vessel.
‘The Lady Dee is a major investment but also a vote of confidence in a team which, over the last two years, has massively improved our productivity and our prospects through hard work and innovation.
‘We know that if we give our people the right tools, they will get the job done – and the quality of the salmon coming out of the water is as high as it has ever been in the company’s history.
‘The condition of our water and seabed meet SEPA’s strict criteria in every sea loch and a variety of programmes are showing positive results against the industry’s number one enemy, sea lice.
‘Loch Duart is in good shape but we are not complacent and are ready for the next challenge. Today we welcome the Lady Dee to our small fleet and look forward to the flexibility and productivity she brings to our operations.’
The Lady Dee is a powerful, purpose built 19m steel landing craft, built by Exeter Fabrications. She is designed and equipped to work in the demanding weather conditions of north west Scotland, between Eddrachilles Bay and the Outer Hebrides – stormy waters which are not for the fainthearted.
The Lady Dee joins the Lady Heather, the Lady Ann, the Lady Sarah and the Sea Lion in Loch Duart’s expanded fleet.
Picture: Dee MacDonald and Alban Denton at the naming ceremony earlier this month