Macduff Shipyards completes major conversion

26 Feb 2010

Govenek of Ladram

Macduff Shipyards Ltd has just completed a major conversion on a former north east vessel.

The vessel was originally built by the Macduff yard in 1986 as Fruitful Bough PD109 as a seine trawler for James West of Peterhead. The West family operated the vessel until just before they replaced her in early 2004 with a new steel trawler from Macduff bearing the same name and number.

The original vessel was sold to Martin Miller and Partners of Portknockie, and renamed Regent Bird BCK110.

Now taken over by Waterdance Limited of Devon along with skipper Phil Mitchell from Cornwall, the vessel has now been renamed Govenek of Ladram PZ51.

A major conversion by Macduff Shipyards Ltd has turned the vessel into a gill netter, which will operate out of Cornwall into the western approaches and out into the Atlantic.

All of the deck machinery, gallows etc were stripped off the vessel and replaced by a Spencer Carter gillnet hauler and associated equipment. Structural alterations were carried out for stowage of the gill nets, ropes and anchors etc.

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