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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
10.10m Mooring Vessel
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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'


In March 2014, After 21 years at the helm of Macduff Ship Design, Donald Cameron, the co-founder and Managing Director, has announced his retirement from the company. His successor is Ian Ellis, who has been with the company since 1995 and has been at the heart of the company and it's success. Ian will be carrying on the principals of the company, ably assisted by senior Naval Architect Sandy Reid [a staff member since 1996] and offering the same level of professional service that clients have come to expect of Macduff.


In February 2014, Torgem Shipyard, Tuzla, have completed the first four vessels as part of an order for Saudi Sea Ports the vessels are on their way to the owners after running successful trials. The 46m Oil Separation barge is being used as a transport for the two 15m General Service vessels with the 30m ASD Tug completing the convoy.

In February 2014,



The ongoing collaboration arrangement between the Boustead Heavy Industries Group [BHIG] in Malaysia and Macduff Ship Design in Scotland, initially signed in June 2011, continues to reap rewards.


North Tugz of Northport, MarsdenPoint, New Zealand has placed an order for a new design 17m Macduff harbour tug with BHIG. The vessel will be built at  Boustead’s Langkawi Shipyard. The towing company originally approached Macduff in 2012 enquiring about the successful 16m “Sally Mcloughlin” class of tug  but with an increased bollard pull. Macduff produced a new design to the specific requirements of North Tugz and worked in conjunction with Boustead who tendered the complete project.


Macduff had to satisfy the requirements of the client and Bureau Veritas [BV] in addition to the stringent stability regulations of Maritime New Zealand, to ensure the new design would be suitable for operations in NZ waters. With an overall length of 17m, beam of 8m and aft draft of 3.4m the vessel will have a bollard pull of 28 tonnes from her twin Cat C 32 main engines and fixed nozzles. Capacities have been maximized to ensure a large operating window with 19,000 litres of fuel and 3,400 litres of fresh water. Deck machinery will comprise a 30t forward towing winch, 30t aft towing hook, 2t aft tugger winch and a deck crane with a capacity of 2.15t @7.8m.  Manoeuvrability will be enhanced with twin high performance rudders and an 800 kgs thrust bow thruster. Design and layout generated efficiencies and equipment of the vessel mean she will be operated by a crew of 2.


This order marks the first entry into New Zealand for both Boustead and Macduff and was won in the face of major International competition. The working arrangement between Boustead and Macduff offers owners a unique, bespoke service combining tailored, modern designs with high quality, cost effective construction.


Both companies are jointly working on a wide  range of commercial designs from 12m to 85m, in steel and aluminium, for various tenders.   




In February 2014, The 45m security boat under construction at Torgem, Tuzla, Istanbul is taking shape with the outfitting now well underway. With a speed of 32 knots the vessel is the first in her class.

In January 2014, Ian Ellis who has been with the company since 1995 has been promoted to the position of Director. Ian has been at the core of the company and instrumental as part of the team in the ongoing development of the diverse designs Macduff now produces.

In January 2014, The new year started with an order from Macduff Shipyards for the design of a 27.50m General purpose workboat for Inverlussa Marine Services. This is the second such design for this company, the first being the "Helen Burnie" delivered in 2012 and the new design incorporates features to increase flexibility in an ever changing market.


In December 2013, The new 16m tug "Eileen Mcloughlin", together with her sister ship "Sally Mcloughlin" successfully manoeuvred the 108m drilling unit "Blackford Dolphin" into Harland and Wolff's dock in Belfast.