Export win for SMS - new build for Malta

SMS Southampton to build 24m aquaculture workboat for Maltese fish farm specialist operator (similar vessel shown)

SMS Southampton, specialist in ship repair, marine engineering and major fabrication projects in the commercial marine, defence and Superyachts sectors, has won a new build contract for a 24m aquaculture vessel for a tuna farm operator in Malta.

This latest vessel, ordered last week, is being built for Fish and Fish Ltd and will be 24m LOA with an 8.5m beam and a 3m draft.  She will be built to the MCA-MGN-280-Category 1 (150nm from safe haven) workboat code. The vessel is expected to be delivered mid-summer 2019.  Her principal purpose will be tuna harvesting and aquaculture / fish farm logistical and maintenance support.

John Buck, Business Development Manager at SMS, said, “This is a big win for us given both the scale of the opportunity and the obvious competition from Europe.  We’ve listened to the client, customised our offering, and via a competitive process we’ve won the build.  This project is particularly exciting given the size of the market in Malta and the environmental innovation that we’ve built into the design with regards to the containment and management of fish oil.” He added: “Good news for SMS, good news for workboat building in Southampton, and good news for UK plc”.

David Azzopardi, Director of Fish and Fish Ltd commented, “It’s been a great pleasure working through the specification with John and the team at SMS and we look forward to the build process. This represents a major investment for Fish and Fish Ltd, and it illustrates not only the strength of our business but also our belief in the environmental sustainability of the aquaculture industry here in Malta”.

Azzopardi added, “Having met John and SMS at Seawork in 2017, and then latterly concluding the purchase post Seawork 2018, we’re looking forward to supporting workboat building in the UK. We think the quality of the product is superb - and the level of flexibility and customer commitment illustrated by SMS is genuinely exceptional”.

Workboat Principal Particulars:

Workboat Code:                                               MCA-MGN-280-Catergory 1 (150nm from safe haven)

Length Overall:                                                  24.45 metres

Length Waterline:                                            24.00 metres

Load Line Length:                                             22.80 metres

Maximum Draft:                                               2.87 metres

Breadth:                                                              8.50 metres

Fire suppression:                                             Engine Room - Fixed

Main Engines:                                                    Caterpillar Acert 18 600bhp 448kw 1800rpm

Gear Box:                                                            ZF 560W (inline)

Bow Thruster:                                                   1 x Veth VT-50

Propulsion:                                                         Twin 4 Blade FFP

Generators:                                                       2 x Caterpillar Acert 7.1 148 KVA

Cranes:                                                                 2 x Palfinger PK32002M (CPO73)

Hydraulic System:                                            Engine driven hydraulic pump 4 x independent electrical pumps

SMS also builds workboats, under the BULLDOG brand, for the marine civils, aquaculture, fisheries and ports & harbours sectors.

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