Newbuild trawler symbolic of UK optimism

The Sparkling Star trawler is the result of a significant partnership between Hull-based Pearson Electrical and Whitby trawler manufacturer, Parkol Marine Engineering The Sparkling Star trawler is the result of a significant partnership between Hull-based Pearson Electrical and Whitby trawler manufacturer, Parkol Marine Engineering

A new Whitby trawler is said to be symbolic of unprecedented optimism and demand in the UK fishing industry.

The Sparkling Star trawler is the result of a significant partnership between Hull-based Pearson Electrical and Whitby trawler manufacturer, Parkol Marine Engineering.

“The fishing industry is very buoyant at the moment, there's really no let-up, and people are still feeling very confident and wanting to order boats,” said Andrew Oliver Parkol director and engineering manager.

"While the fishing industry has had many knock-backs in the past and there is always concern that our fisheries may once again be used as a bargaining tool in Europe, we're finding that UK trawler owners are largely living in hope.”

Trawler demand

Sparkling Star is one of ten new vessels Parkol has on order from fishing fleets across the UK and Ireland. Pearson Electrical has been commissioned to support Parkol’s electrical wiring, maintenance and refitting work.

The vessel was commissioned by first-time owner James Corbett and will be operated by Don Fishing out of Ullapool, in the north of Scotland.

Parkol’s order book is currently full until 2021 and it’s currently running at four new trawler builds per year - twice its usual number. There is so much demand that the firm has recently opened a second manufacturing base in Middlesbrough, which Pearson Electrical will also be servicing.

Sparkling Star will go into operation at the end of November fishing for ground stocks such as monkfish off Scotland's north-west coast.

Pearson Electrical will commence work on the next vessel in the Parkol production line imminently, the Summer Rose trawler, destined for Oban also in the north of Scotland.

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