A FAMILY firm’s dreams became a reality yesterday when their new £1.2 million vessel sailed into Scarborough Harbour.
Bob Mainprize Jnr and his wife Sharon celebrated the arrival of the Dalby Derwent, a custom-built catamaran which was commissioned by their company, Mainprize Offshore Ltd.
The vessel, which will create between five and eight new jobs, will be used to transport workers and materials to and from wind farms.
Mr Mainprize was among those who brought the boat from Buckie shipyard, near Elgin in Scotland, to Scarborough harbour yesterday.
Mr Mainprize told the Evening News: “I felt so proud when she sailed into Scarborough. Everyone at Buckie has done an absolutely fantastic job. We’re so impressed we’re looking at ordering a second one.”
Mrs Mainprize said: “It’s a really exciting time for us all. The vessel is amazing – like a Rolls Royce!
“We’ve seen it grow gradually. When we went to have a look in January there was still a lot to do. But when I saw it finished I just thought ‘wow’!”
The Dalby Derwent, which will complement the work of the Mainprize’s other vessel, the Maggie M, is of aluminium construction and has an overall length of 17.5 metres.
Its main role will be to take technicians to and from wind farm sites and deliver fuel and cargo. The vessel is due to sail today, depending on the forecast, to the Greater Gabbard wind farm site, off the coast of Suffolk.
Mr Mainprize said he had pushed hard to “fine tune” the model while it was under construction.
The result is that it can carry 8.5 tonnes of fuel instead of the standard three tonnes and can also carry a lot more cargo.
It is hoped that if the vessel’s six-month contract at Greater Gabbard goes well, it could be extended to two years.
The Mainprizes are also looking to provide transportation for the Dogger Bank site, off Whitby, as the scheme develops.
Mr Mainprize said: “We’ve got 12 local guys working for us and if we go ahead with another boat, and possibly a third, we could be looking at taking on 20 people.”
The company will move into new offices at Scarborough Business Park at the end of this month.