New Research & Patrol Vessel
Press release Eastern IFCA Date: April 2021
Goodchild Marine Services Limited and Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority (Eastern IFCA) are delighted to announce that following a competitive tendering process contracts have been signed that will see the authority take delivery of a new research and patrol boat in 2022.
Eastern IFCA’s district encompasses the counties of Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and extends 6 nautical miles out to sea. Its role is to manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries, and a viable fishing industry.
Goodchild Marine are one of the country’s leading commercial boat builders who for over 40 years have developed a reputation for innovation and quality. This patrol boat, a Lynx 16m catamaran costing £1.6m, will have a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat, various winches, along with sensors and sampling equipment. Not to mention an onboard laboratory to analyse samples, as science and research is fundamental to EIFCA’s work.
The vessel can reach speeds of 22kts and will have the latest engines in terms of efficiency and emissions compliance (IMO Tier III).
Stephen Pierce, General Manager at Goodchild Marine Services Limited, said: “This is another example of our commitment to support our fishing industry as well as adding value to the local economy as we will use several local supply chain companies on this project”.
Julian Gregory CEO of Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority said “We are pleased that the contract for our replacement research vessel has been awarded to a local company. Not only will this enable us to be closely involved with the build process, but it also brings benefits to the local economy. The design of the new vessel will improve upon our current capabilities and a projected long service life will ensure that we get value for money.