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New Marine Vessel for Donegal Fish Farms 'Croi na Farraige'

Arklow Marine Services, County Wicklow recently delivered a newly built fish-farm workboat to Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI). This new €800,000 fish farm workboat, built to support company farms in Donegal was officially launched at Rathmullan pier in Lough Swilly at the end of 2017 by the Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Culture with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands.

Jan Feenstra, MD of MHI speaking at the launch said “This boat represents a significant investment by Marine Harvest. MV ‘Croí na Farraige’ was designed in conjunction with our marine staff, we are very proud to see it operational here in Fanad.” The project was part funded by the Irish Government and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund under the Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme and was administered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).

Marine Harvest Ireland’s new Multi-purpose vessel 17.5 metre vessel was designed by Simon Cormack of Marine Design International and was constructed by Arklow Marine Services. The name of the new vessel MV ‘Croi na Farraige’ (Heart of the Sea), was proposed by MHI staff member, Declan McGettigan after company staff were invited to submit suggested names for the new vessel.

The boat is entirely built from steel and has an overall length of 17.7m, a beam of 7.2m and a draught of 1.5m and has a deck loading of 50 tonnes. The vessel is subdivided into a forward void space, tank space, engine room and steering flat aft. There are twin fuel tanks in the tank space with a capacity of 5,400 Litres. Engines are Twin Doosan L086TIH main engines, each developing 285 BHP (210 KW) making the vessel highly maneuverable. Deck equipment consists of 1 x 3 & 1 x 5 tonnes capstans, a hydraulic crane with a lifting capacity of 2.32 tonnes @ 11.9 m and a 10 tonne deck winch which can be remotely operated. A marine auxiliary Doosan engine type AD196Ti is fitted providing 235 BHP (173 KW) @ 1500 rpm which drives the 45 KW electro hydraulic power pack for all the deck machinery with the rest of the auxiliary power been necessary for use in harvesting equipment for the salmon.

The vessel was fitted out to a very high standard and the two tier structure aft facilitates the galley/mess, with WC and small deck store. The wheelhouse is mounted on top of the deckhouse and offset to port where a wrap-around console which facilitates the fitting of all engine controls, gauges, panels and the navigational equipment which was supplied and fitted by Barry Electronics. In addition to the remote control for the deck winch and hydraulic crane an auxiliary second position for operating the crane was positioned outside the wheelhouse on top of the deckhouse on the starboard side.

Along the two vertical sides, port and starboard black polyurethane sheathing 35 mm thick was fitted using countersunk bolts to leave a flush surface for when berthing alongside the salmon cages. Elephant feet are also fitted on the main deck to facilitate the carriage of 20’ containerized goods when required in the operation of the vessel’s daily duties.

The new Workboat MV ‘Croi na Farraige’ has commenced operations, working with a crew of three she goes out to the MHI’s farms located on Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay from Monday to Friday and does general farm work which includes delivering feed to the cages and carrying out net and anchor work etc.

Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) commenced operations as a small trout farm in the Fanad peninsula, Co. Donegal in 1979. Founded by a group of Irish shareholders led by Anthony Fox, they were then known as Fanad Fisheries. In 1981 the Fanad farm became part of the Norwegian MOWI farming company. Today, Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) Company is Ireland’s leading farmer and processor of organic Atlantic salmon and are part of the Marine Harvest ASA Group, a Global force in salmon aquaculture with operations across 24 countries and a workforce of approximately 12,500 people and are listed at the Oslo Stock Exchange where all the company disclosures are published. Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) employs 290 people approximately between its salmon farms, hatcheries and packing plant in Donegal, Mayo, Cork and Kerry.

MHI has several sea farms along the western seaboard; their farms are located on Lough Swilly, Mulroy Bay, Inver Bay, Clew Bay, Kenmare Bay and Bantry Bay. All of the fish from these farms are packed at the firms Co. Donegal factory in Rinmore on the Fanad peninsula. Marine Harvest Ireland contributes over €15m to the domestic economy annually with some 800 Irish suppliers presently doing business with the company in Ireland.

Marine Harvest Ireland is a valuable asset to Donegal’s economy and the Marine Times wish the company continued success.