Scottish inland workboat operator McLachlan Marine said it has added a 19-meter Multicat to its fleet to capitalize on opportunities in emerging sectors including renewables and marine construction. The only vessel of its kind based in the area, Ocean Supporter is designed for inshore work up to 60 miles out and handle up to 40 tonnes of cargo on deck. It has already been busy transferring supplies to boats at anchor off Aberdeen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and supporting dive and marine civil activities on the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project.
The £1 million investment follows the earlier introduction of the company’s landmark 10th boat, the £1 million, 26-meter Ocean Titan offshore windfarm support/ survey vessel with a top speed of 26 knots and MCA-certified up to 60 nautical miles offshore, facilitating faster support further out to sea.
The self-styled “Swiss army knife of workboat operators,” McLachlan Marine was established in 2011 and is independently operated under the guidance of owner and MD, Ruari McLachlan. Strategically headquartered at Fordoun within easy reach of the busy harbors of Aberdeen, Montrose and Dundee, the company also has quayside facilities and office at Aberdeen Harbour and an additional office in Montrose.
Ruari McLachlan, said, “Since we purchased our first boat in 2011, we have worked hard to evolve in line with growing market demands for our services and vessels across the offshore wind and oil and gas sectors. Having invested £2 million this year alone, we are confident and optimistic about the opportunities which lie in the future, once ‘new normal’ is established..”