Salmon firm’s six-boat boost for Ar­ran

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IN an­other boost for the Scot­tish boat­build­ing in­dus­try, a lead­ing salmon pro­ducer has an­nounced a six-fig­ure con­tract for six new ves­sels.

The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany (SSC) has or­dered the new work­boats from Kis­cadale En­gi­neer­ing/Ar­ran Work­boats, a fam­ily run busi­ness based on Ar­ran.

The boats will be de­liv­ered to SSC sites across the Outer He­brides, from Lewis to Mull, be­tween April and Septem­ber this year.

Over the past two years, SSC has taken de­liv­ery of nine boats from Ar­ran Work­boats, lo­cated on the is­land’s Whit­ing Bay.

These ves­sels are now cen­tral to the com­pany’s fleet and are used for tasks such as trans­porta­tion around the sites.

The Isle of Ar­ran has played a long-term role in SSC’s op­er­a­tions and its Lam­lash Bay site, one of the first fish farms in Scot­land, was es­tab­lished more than 30 years ago.

SSC em­ploys 600 peo­ple across 60 sites on the west coast of Scot­land and the He­brides and the com­pany is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing lo­cal sup­pli­ers and in­vest­ing in Ar­ran and the other rural com­mu­ni­ties in which they are based.

Kis­cadale En­gi­neer­ing, his­tor­i­cally a gen­eral plas­tic and stain­less steel fab­ri­ca­tor, has evolved in re­cent years to be­come a lead­ing marine fab­ri­ca­tor on Ar­ran.

Run by hus­band and wife team Iain and San­dra Mon­teith, it pro­vides se­cure em­ploy­ment on the is­land.

Craig An­der­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the SSC, said: ‘The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany has a long his­tory with Kis­cadale En­gi­neer­ing, hav­ing first worked with them over 30 years ago.

‘We are com­mit­ted to us­ing lo­cal sup­pli­ers from the com­mu­ni­ties in which we live and work wher­ever pos­si­ble.

‘Kis­cadale En­gi­neer­ing is a quality lo­cal busi­ness who will sup­ply us with best in class equip­ment, and our close work­ing re­la­tion­ship al­lows us to work to­gether to de­sign im­prove­ments in the ves­sels and in­cor­po­rate new tech­nol­ogy.’

Ian Mon­teith said:‘Mul­ti­ple orders like this help se­cure em­ploy­ment and pro­vide train­ing for lo­cal young peo­ple - this con­tract has al­lowed us to cre­ate one new role and also sup­ports four work­ers who are un­der 30.

‘SSC de­mand a very high stan­dard for their boats and we have a well trained work­force ded­i­cated to build­ing the best boats of their class.

‘Man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­nesses like this help the lo­cal econ­omy in many ways.With the lo­gis­tics of is­land trad­ing we are for­tu­nate to work with Ar­ran Haulage who bring in our raw ma­te­ri­als and de­liver the com­pleted boats all over Scot­land.

‘The cy­cle is com­pleted by Ar­ran Haulage de­liv­er­ing 100 per cent of our plas­tic waste to the state-of-the-art re­cy­cling cen­tre at Inchi­nan.

‘We are de­lighted to be awarded this sec­ond con­tract for the SSC and ap­pre­ci­ate their pol­icy of sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses.’

Above: Kis­cadale/Ar­ran Work­boats, lead­ing marine fab­ri­ca­tor

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