Built for Bakkafrost Scotland to carry out a range of tasks from carrying general cargo to conducting specific aquaculture services, the 24-metre Turas A ‘Bhradain is the first of a tailor-made pair of vessels for the same client.
Multi-purpose workboat Turas A ‘Bhradain has been built at Macduff Shipyards to a design developed by partner company Macduff Ship Design. It has a large open working deck with offset port casing for improved starboard side access, and a large forward ramp. This layout enables it to meet a wide variety of operational requirements.
Turas a ‘Bhradain will operate across Bakkafrost Scotland’s sites on the west coast and Hebrides and has been delivered following a year-long construction period which followed a detailed design process involving the owners and operational staff, the shipyard and Macduff Ship Design.
The construction is entirely from steel to provide a hard-chine, landing craft, hull form. The final touches were completed on the vessel earlier this month, followed by final trials and delivery. The design was a development of the highly successful Helen Rice and Geraldine Mary workboats designed by Macduff Ship Design.
Initially Turas a ‘Bhradain will be operate alongside Bakkafrost Scotland’s wellboats Ronja Star and Ronja Fisk, playing a key role in fish health by preparing the pens for the wellboats to carry out freshwater treatments.
Main propulsion is provided by twin tier III-compliant Doosan 4l 126 CAKH engines delivering 373Kw @ 2000rpm to drive twin 1500mm propellers supplied by Teignbridge propulsion. These are fitted in nozzles to give excellent levels of bollard pull and there is also a stern thruster, both of which were supplied by Kort Propulsion, which when combined with the twin screw set up gives excellent low-speed manoeuvrability for operations in and around the fish farm cages.
Fuel capacity is for 14,000 litres, and 5000 litres of fresh water can be carried.
On deck there are two marine cranes to starboard both supplied by HS Marine, AK61 4E and AK30 HE3 units.
The hydraulic package also comprises three capstans all arranged to starboard, an anchor windlass, hydraulic rams for operation of the bow ramp and a tow winch situated on the centre line. Due to the offset position of the casing, the winch can work both aft over a stern roller or forward over a narrow roller built into the bow ramp.
The 24.00-metre, 9.00 metre breadth Turas a ‘Bhradain has a 125-tonne deck cargo capacity, impressive for a vessel of this size, and there are deck fittings for three 20-foot ISO containers.