Blyth boat firm comes up with ideal way to mussel into new market

The Alys�e, a mussel-fishing boat built by Alnmaritec in Blyth.
The Alys�e, a mussel-fishing boat built by Alnmaritec in Blyth.

A Blyth firm has come up with the perfect way to mussel into a new market.

Alnmaritec has designed and built a new mussel-farming boat for Scottish-based company Offshore Shellfish.

Called Alysée, it’s a 15.2m aluminium catamaran designed for use at the firm’s rope-grown mussel farms in Lyme Bay, Devon.

“We have worked with Alnmaritec before and were impressed with the build and performance of a previous vessel, so it was an obvious move to come back to them this time,” said Offshore Shellfish director John Holmyard.

“They know how we work and what we need from our boats.”

Alysée offers a stable platform for offshore working, providing a comfortable ride in a range of sea conditions.

It is fitted with three hydraulically-operated davits along its port side, each with a one-tonne winch and star-wheel haulers on fold-out arms, and removable railings allow a clear working area over the side of the vessel.

In addition, it is fitted with a knuckle boom crane capable of lifting a one-tonne load at any point on the working deck.

“The team at Offshore Shellfish came to us because of our expertise in building tough boats,” said Simon Pullin, project manager at Wimbourne Quay-based Alnmaritec.

“They operate in a niche sector with very specific requirements in terms of equipment and modifications.

“It has been a very interesting and rewarding project for our team, and we’re looking forward to even greater challenges in the future.”