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In May 2015, The 27.30m multi purpose vessel having a registered length under 24m is now in service with Inverlussa Marine Services. The vessel classed by BV is based on the previous vessel the "Helen Burnie" built for Inverlussa in 2012. The new vessel has been modified for a slightly longer length overall and a wider beam to provide a larger working deck rated to carry 125t of cargo and more accommodation along with an uprated towing winch and crane.


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In May 2015, The new 14.95m landing craft "Julie Ann" built at Macduff shipyards has completed trials and is waiting handover to Scottish Sea Farms. The design is based on a previous vessel the "Emma" designed by Macduff ship design and built by Macduff shipyards. This forms part of an order encompassing four feed barges and two landing craft each capable of carrying 20t of feed on deck..

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Macduff Ship Design will be attending the Seawork International exhibition in Southampton from 16th-18th of June this year and we look forward to meeting new and existing customers either onboard the London Titan or on our stand C121

In April 2015, Colombo Dockyard PLC has signed a contract with Macduff Ship design for a repeat order of the "Fair Maid of Perth" a successful 13m general workboat originally design and built for Perth Harbour. This design will have various modifications to suit new owner operational requirements and will be classed to the Indian Register of Shipping, the contract is for the design and production of cutting information with the build taking place in the yard in Sri Lanka.




In April 2015, Macduff Ship Design and Macduff Shipyards have been working on a new design for a 21.5m Trawler. This design will be based upon and incorporate hull shape enhancements made to the new design 24m hull form.

In April 2015, Macduff Ship Design has been working with Macduff Shipyards on a new design contract for three 24m Trawler vessels. The hull form for these vessels has been developed in collaboration with Wolfson unit in Southampton to improve efficiency, give better sea keeping ability and enchance fuel economy.


In March 2015,

Macduff Ship Design has taken steps to become a more energy efficient business, installing energy efficient lighting which provides a better quality of light closer to natural daylight giving better working conditions for the employees. The company has also contracted the fitting of Solar Panels to the roof which will supplement the power usage during business hours and also feed energy back into the national grid outwith business hours. Finally the company partakes in a carbon offset scheme for the fuel used in the company vehicle.



In February 2015,

The contract for a new dredger for Moray Council has been awarded to Macduff Shipyards Ltd.

The £2.4million vessel will be a replacement for the Shearwater, which the council sold more than two years ago. The new vessel will be built at Macduff Shipyards’ fabrication facility at Buckie harbour which the company acquired last year. Construction work on the 25.7m dredger, which will be powered by two 500hp engines, is expected to be completed by spring of next year. The intention is that the dredger will service Moray Council’s harbours – Buckie, Burghead, Hopeman, Findochty, Portknockie and Cullen – as well as being available for hire. The new dredger, which was designed by Macduff Ship Design Ltd, will be capable to dredging to a depth of 8m with its bow-mounted excavator.

John Watt, managing director of Macduff Shipyards, said: “This is a fantastic contract for us which will consolidate our position at the Buckie fabrication facility and provide continuity of employment in the coming year with an increased workforce.” The award of the contract was welcomed by Councillor John Cowe, chairman of Moray Council’s economic development and infrastructure services committee. “Our harbours are one of Moray’s biggest commercial assets and it is obviously important that we keep them accessible to shipping and to the ever increasing number of pleasure craft,” he said. “The new dredger represents a significant investment for the council and underlines our commitment to Buckie harbour in particular and to the increasing role which we hope it will play in future economic development in Moray.” Moray Council has contracted out its dredging operations since the ageing Shearwater was disposed of to a company based in Rosyth.

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In January 2015, Work Boat World - the best of 2014 awards Issue - has given Macduff Ship Design the "Best Harbour Tug Designer, 2014" and "the Best Harbour Tug, 2014" awards. The best Harbour tug award was given for the "Elieen McLoughlin" a 16m Harbour tug designed to carry out tug, line, pilot, survey and workboat duties for the belfast owner John McLoughlin and Sons.


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In January 2015, The first feed barge for Scottish Sea Farms has been completed at Macduff and is ready to be towed to it's owners and begin it's working life. The total order is for four feed barges 19.80 metres in length carrying 170t of feed in four hoppers and two 15m landing craft workboats.

In December 2014, Macduff Shipyards 23.95m Whitefish trawler "Benarkle II" has successfully completed her trials and is ready to begin her fishing career, a near sister ship to the "Vision" and the "Jacqueline anne" recently completed by the shipyard she is 1 metre longer to allow a larger aft deck. Macduff Ship Design provided Stability calculations, Steel kit and cutting informaiton for the Shipyards design.

In December 2014, Macduff Ship Design is pleased to congratulate Boustead Heavy Industries on the completion of the initial design phase for a new made in Malaysia OSV.  Macduff has given extensive assistance in the vessel design from initial concept through to drawing approval. Additional support was extended through the placement of two young Malaysian naval architects at the Macduff offices over a period of several months. This project is part of the ongoing collaboration arrangement between Macduff and Boustead Heavy Industries.


In November 2014, Macduff Ship Design was awarded an extension to the recently signed design contract with RMK.  The new contract is for 2 sister vessels of a new design 15m Service vessel.  The vessels are to be multi-role harbour craft capable of personnel transport and low volume cargo carriage at speeds up to 16 knots.

In October 2014, The ATCO NOURA, a steel hulled patrol vessel the first in her class has successfully completed sea trials.  The 45m Offshore Patrol Vessel, designed by Macduff Ship Design and built by Tor Marine, completed a rigorous trials schedule.  This included reaching its contracted speed of 32 knots.  The vessel, which is designed with an operational area of up to 150 miles offshore has a cruising speed of 18 knots.


This design highlights the company’s remarkable ability to develop original, fresh and innovative designs in new types of vessels to meet and exceed the needs and demands of the commercial market. The design and build of the vessel has further consolidated the working relationship between Macduff Ship Design and the builder Tor Marine in Turkey.



In October 2014, The 17m Tug construction for North Tugz [New zealand] is progressing swiftly at the builders yard Boustead in Malasyia, with the Propeller nozzles, supplied by Kort Propulsion , recently being fitted.


In September 2014, Macduff Ship Design has been awarded a design contract for two 19m ASD tugs and five 10.10m Mooring vessels from the Turkish Shipyard RMK based in Tuzla. This will be the second major shipyard in Turkey which Macduff has worked in collaboration with.


19m Shallow Draft ASD Tug
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In August 2014, The 19m Pilot vessel design for Tor Marine has been built as an accurate scale model and tested at the Southampton Solent University Towing Tank. The model tests will allow confirmation of hull geometry abd powering to meet contract speed.


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In August 2014, The signing ceremony for the Scottish Sea Farms vessels [14.95m Landing craft work boat and 19.80m salmon feed barge - see below] took place at the Macduff Ship Design premises. The contract was signed between John Watt [Macduff Ship Yards] and Jim Gallagher [Scottish Sea Farms] with the cabinet secretary for rural affairs, food and the environment Richard Lochead in attendance.



In August 2014, Macduff Shipyards have signed a contract with Scottish Sea Farms to build two 14.95m Landing craft work boats. The vessel based on the 'Emma' a successful Macduff Ship Design vessel built a few years ago is to be capable of carrying 20t of fish farm feed on it's deck.

14.94m Landing Craft Work Boat Profile

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In August 2014, Macduff Shipyards recieved a contract from Scottish Sea Farms for a design and build of four 19.80m salmon feed barges. These purpose designed and built barges are to replace the vessels in current use and will be tailored to better suit the Scottish Sea Farms working operations. Macduff Ship design working with the shipyard are to produce construction plans for the vessels.

In July 2014, Macduff Shipyards signed a contract for the construction of a 14.94m forward wheelhouse Scalloper, with a main deck casing forward leaving a large open working deck area aft, accommodation is provided for 4 crew below decks. Macduff Ship design working in conjunction with the shipyard will prepare the steelwork and cutting information for this vessel.

In June 2014, Macduff Ship design was awarded the contract by Moray Council to produce the design for a new 25.7m dredger to replace the MV "Shearwater".  The contract was award after a full competitive tender process through Public Contracts Scotland.  The new dredger will service both commercial harbours and smaller leisure harbours throughout the Morayshire council district and will also be available for charter.  Upon completion of the vessel design Macduff will also work with Moray council during the tendering process which will again be run through the Public Contracts tender process.


In June 2014, The "Tjeerd Jacoba" has re-entered service after major conversion works including the addition of tipping doors a grating deck and an automated grading system with net drums to enable queenie fishing to assist in an efficent produce workflow, enclosed bulwarks and a raised main deck enchance stability, with a full interoir refit including a new fish hold and a modernised wheelhouse to complete the package. All the work was carried out at Macduff Harbour by Macduff Shipyards overseen by Macduff Ship Design.

In June 2014, The "Shannon Kimberly" formerly the "St Amant" underwent an extensive refit to enhance Bouyancy and Stability and is now ready to resume scalloping, the work was carried out at Mallaig Boatyard and was supervised by Macduff Ship Design personnel.

In May 2014, The first group of four vessels as part of the Initial Phase of the Saudi Sea Ports order have arrived safely with their new owner. The second group has also arrived with the owners this group consists of three vessels :- a 15.20m Pilot vessel an additional 46.00m OSB which was used as a transport for the pilot vessel and a 25.00m ASD tug.    

25.00m ASD Tug 'Jeddah 44'
15.20m Pilot 'Jazan 6' transported on top of the 46.00m OSB 'Jazan 8'