New vessel on way for local firm

The �1.2million catamaran Dalby Derwent, commissioned by Mainprize Offshore Ltd, berthed in Scarborough Harbour.'Bobby and Sharon Mainprize delighted with their new vessel.'121607b. Picture Kevin Allen.'17/04/12.

The �1.2million catamaran Dalby Derwent, commissioned by Mainprize Offshore Ltd, berthed in Scarborough Harbour.'Bobby and Sharon Mainprize delighted with their new vessel.'121607b. Picture Kevin Allen.'17/04/12.

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A Scarborough business - which started in fishing and has diversified into other areas - is adding a new vessel to its fleet.

Mainprize Offshore Ltd welcomed the arrival of the Dalby Derwent in April this year and already has another boat under construction.

Like the Dalby Derwent, the new multi-purpose vessel is being built at Buckie shipyard near Elgin in Scotland.

A major investment, the boat is being custom built and will be even bigger than its predecessor.

Bob Mainprize Jnr said: “The new vessel is due to launch in May and will arrive here in June.

“It’s being made by the same people that built the last one - we were in dialogue with them while the Dalby Derwent was being built.

“They started building the new one in June and a lot of effort has gone into the design. It’s going to be a lot bigger.”

Bob explained that whereas the Dalby Derwent was 17 metres long and 6.4 metres beam, the new one will be 25.3 metres long and 9.5 metres beam.

The second boat - as yet unnamed - will have almost 3,500 horsepower compared to its predecessor’s 1,600 horsepower.

Bob said: “The reason behind getting a bigger one is that we’re diversifying into other markets, so we’ve gone for a multi-purpose vessel.

“It will be used in areas such as diving, diver support and crew transfer.”

The Dalby Derwent, which can carry 12 passengers and three crew, is currently being used to transport workers to and from a windfarm site at Greater Gabbard, off the coast of Suffolk.

Bob said the vessel has been running very well and that its contract has now been extended.

The company, which diversified following challenging times in the fishing industry, has moved to new premises at Scarborough Business Park, Eastfield, now employs 21 people and is looking at taking on another eight.

Bob said he is really pleased with how things are going and that the company can provide employment for local people.

However, he said that in an ideal world he would still be fishing and that what was happening across the industry was “a massive shame”.

Bob said: “There are huge amounts of fish on the grounds, but we can catch our yearly quota in around five weeks on the Maggie M.

“The last time we were fishing was in March last year. With all the rules and regulations is so difficult and there are so many hoops you have to go through.

“I would prefer to continue fishing in an efficient and sustainable manner, but the rules don’t let you do that.

“It leaves you between a rock and a hard place.”

Bob and his wife Sharon, who also works in the family business, have been up to Buckie twice to see how the boat is progressing.

He said: “It’s coming along very well. We’re going up again at the end of November.”

The family have been involved in fishing and offshore work for four generations.

The company, formerly Mainprize Trawling Co Ltd, has been in operation since 1979.