Boost for Arran economy with boat order

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has placed an order for six new workboats with a family run business based on Arran. Kiscadale Engineering, which owns Arran Workboats, will deliver the new vessels between April and September this year to sites across the Outer Hebrides.

SSC already has nine boats in its fleet from the Arran company, helping secure a number of fabrication roles and providing an opportunity to train local young people. The latest order will enable Arran Workboats to create another job, providing a further boost to the island’s economy.

The Isle of Arran is home to one of SSC’s oldest sites, established at Lamlash Bay more than 30 years ago. The company now employs 600 people across 60 sites on Scotland’s west coast, supporting local suppliers and the communities in which they are based.

Ian Monteith, half of the husband and wife team behind Kiscadale Engineering, said: “With a history going back over 30 years of working with the Scottish Salmon Company at the Kingscross Farm on Arran, we are pleased to be awarded this contract.

“Multiple orders like this help secure employment and provide training for local young people – this contract has allowed us to create one new role and also supports four workers who are under 30.

“SSC demand a very high standard for their boats and we have a well trained workforce dedicated to building the best boats of their class.”

Craig Anderson, chief executive of the SSC, spoke of the benefit of working with local companies: “We are committed to using local suppliers from the communities in which we live and work wherever possible.

“Kiscadale Engineering is a quality local business who will supply us with best in class equipment, and our close working relationship allows us to work together to design improvements in the vessels and incorporate new technology.”