The proud fishing fleet of Fraserburgh Harbour has netted a welcome new addition - thanks to a comprehensive funding package from Bank of Scotland.
As they recently watched their majestic new vessel Radiance FR1 head out of the harbour to trawl for the finest scallops and prawns, owners Robert and Maureen Buchan were witnessing the culmination of a two-and-a-half year project - and over £500,000 of investment. Proprietors of Onward Trading Ltd, the husband and wife team – who have bought and sold various fishing boats in the last decade - purchased the hull of the 14m scalloper/twin rig trawler in late 2009 with considerable Bank of Scotland backing.
With a double steel hull built at Stranraer the vessel was towed to Fraserburgh for installation of engine room and deck machinery. The fit-out of the wheelhouse and accommodation areas was then completed by Macduff Shipyards in Macduff. Robert Buchan, the assistant Harbour Master at Fraserburgh Harbour, has employed a skipper and a further two local crew members to trawl the Moray Fifth in a quest to net the water’s natural harvest.
Radiance, who returned victorious from her recent maiden voyage with a good catch, is now fishing for scallops in the Irish Sea. She will soon set sail across the British Isles.
The grand new lady of Fraserburgh Harbour can stay out for three days, but Mr. Buchan’s ambition of adding a fourth crew member would enable an extended stay at sea, and a better catch.
Stewart Stevenson, MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast, said:
“In spite of these difficult times, there are still many positive things going on in the fishing industry. The commitment to this latest addition to the Fraserburgh fleet by Bank of Scotland is very welcome indeed. “There remains and will always be a market for top-grade quality seafood and this is something that we in the North-east are market leaders in. I wish Robert and Maureen every success as the ‘Radiance’ helps the Broch maintain its position as the premier shellfish port.”