A Shetland engineering firm, Malakoff, is set to realise their expansion dreams thanks to a commission to design and build a new catamaran workboat for island-based salmon producer, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland.
Part of the global company’s local growth plans, this order marks the newest addition to Cooke’s fleet and adds to their recent £2 million investment to upgrade farm equipment.
Cooke’s new workboat is the first vessel to be laid down in Malakoff’s new boatbuilding depot at the Greenhead Base in Lerwick. The keel laying ceremony marks the unofficial opening of the base which will see the recruitment of a workshop foreman and apprentice for the new facility.
Cooke has a long-established working relationship with Malakoff, using their diving services, slipways, and inspection and testing services regularly. The company also inherited several boats built by Malakoff for day to day operations and have been impressed by the durability they offer.
Scott Landsburgh, Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:
“All producers make a conscious effort to use local suppliers and services whenever possible to boost the local community and its economy.
“The industry lists more than 3,000 Scottish companies that they do business with. Some 2,310 of these companies are in the Highlands and Islands area.
“Using local labour helps support and expand experience and skills, which ultimately benefits business and the islands as a whole – a worthwhile exercise for all concerned”.
Pictured: Ryan Stevenson from Malakoff, David Brown of Cooke Aquaculture