Fishing

New ‘Dawn’ for George Hepburn

New ‘Dawn’ for George Hepburn

A quest for enhanced crew comfort and improved fuel efficiency has driven the design of Celestial Dawn, recently delivered to owner George Hepburn for prawn fishing in the Scottish North Sea. The 22.75m vessel, designed by Macduff Ship Design and built by Macduff Shipyards, replaces an older vessel of the same name (also built by Macduff, in […]

Ghost gear busters

Ghost gear busters

The Lax Kw’alaams First Nation marine territory in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada has been plagued by a problem: over time, its fishing grounds have become polluted with discarded or lost fishing gear. As well as posing a risk to boat propellers and outboards, this ‘ghost gear’ debris has the potential to entangle, injure and kill […]

An aquacultural LUV affair

An aquacultural LUV affair

  Growing global demand for sustainable offshore fish farms (see, for example, Ship & Boat International March/April 2022, page 44) is necessitating fit-for-purpose aquaculture support vessels capable of handling large nets and cables and loading/offloading significant caches of fish and shellfish. This booming sector has attracted the attention of Damen Shipyards Group, which has been working […]

Hanging on for dear life

Hanging on for dear life

  Life Cell Marine Safety of Australia, developer of the Life Cell marine flotation device, has partnered with the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) of Papua New Guinea (PNG) to distribute a specially modified version of its life-saving device among the country’s small boat fleet, free of charge.   The initial pilot scheme will see […]

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