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Saturday, May 9, 2020 

Damen Shipyards' facility in Hardinxveld, the Netherlands, has delivered a Multi Cat 1908 to Inverlussa Marine Services, based on the Isle of Mull.

Inverlussa is one of Scotland’s leading workboat companies, supplying vessels to service contracts for amongst others, the offshore wind and fish-farming sectors, in the UK and Europe. the new Multi Cat, named Patricia Matheson, will be the 12th vessel operating in the company’s fleet and their first Damen vessel. It will operate the vessel in the aquaculture industry.

The contract for the vessel was signed in October, 2019. The fast delivery was facilitated by Damen’s practice of building hulls for stock. This vessel will carry out a range of aquaculture tasks including grid inspections, anchor-handling and equipment towage.

Ben Wilson, MD Inverlussa Marine Services, said: “We enjoyed working with Damen on this project. Their Multicats are renowned around the world and when the right opportunity arose, we were delighted to partner with them.  The Patricia Matheson will strengthen the breadth of services that we can now provide to our clients in Scotland and further afield.”

Although based on the standardised, proven Damen Multi Cat 1908 design, Inverlussa customised the new vessel, including the positioning of the capstan cranes and manoeuvring stands, some tailoring to the vessel’s accommodation and the installation of an additional generator to provide additional power. Additionally, in alignment with the company’s keen focus on operating efficiency, Patricia Matheson features an additional crane and a larger main winch.

Damen sales manager Mike Besijn said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Inverlussa Marine Services on the development of their Multi Cat. They really knew what they were looking for in their vessel and have provided us with valuable input in her development. On behalf of Damen I would like to wish the company every success with their first Damen vessel.”

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