Skipper Jimmy’s offshore visit showcases prime of Scottish seafood

Skipper Jimmy Buchan is toasting a successful trip with ESS offshore on accommodation rig the COSLRival.
Skipper Jimmy Buchan is toasting a successful trip with ESS offshore on accommodation rig the COSLRival.

Peterhead skipper Jimmy Buchan is toasting a successful trip with a difference after spending three days last week with ESS offshore on accommodation rig the COSLRival as part of a showcase of local Aberdeenshire suppliers.

The trip, in association with ESS Support Services Worldwide, part of Compass Group UK and Ireland, saw Jimmy, along with Calum Richardson from The Bay Fish and Chips in Stonehaven, present their products and their provenance and to engage with crews onboard the rig.

With the help and guidance of Graham Singer, Executive Chef & Food Operations Manager for ESS Offshore, both got stuck in with the ESS catering team to deliver meals for the 350 workers.

Jimmy was put through his paces with a full day’s graft as Sous Chef in the galley kitchen onboard the COSLRival, 140 miles off the coast of Aberdeen, to see firsthand how the full supply chain, from sea to plate, works. This included prepping vegetables, frying cod with Calum's batter mix and serving Jimmys’ langoustine and mackerel to the hungry teams. All produce was sourced from Peterhead.

Speaking about the trip, Jimmy said: “This visit was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the amazing seafood on offer in Scotland to a new audience. Offshore is a really tough environment, so good healthy food is vital to the wellbeing of the teams onboard.

“Both Calum and I work very closely together and were really keen to get stuck in with the ESS team and help deliver the first class service they daily provide to their clients.

“I’m incredibly passionate about what I do and to be given such an amazing opportunity to showcase and promote the fish and seafood I have caught or selected was too good to miss.

“Even in the difficult climate this sector is experiencing, service and standards remain the highest priority and it’s very encouraging to see the focus being put on the sustainability and provenance of a local supply chain. Huge thanks to Graham Singer and the entire team at ESS for arranging this trip.”

After serving lunch and dinner, Jimmy, Calum and Graham spoke about the importance of a local supply chain and how the fish is caught in the very waters where the oil and gas sector operates.

After spending over 40 years as a fishermen skippering his own vessel Amity, Jimmy launched his own online business in 2015 called Skipper’s Choice which, sells fish boxes directly to consumer. Based in Peterhead, the quality of the catch landed is not only consistently high but the onshore processing facilities are second to none. Jimmy’s customers can rely on five generations of processing and fish smoking knowledge, ensuring that every piece of seafood is selected and prepared by real experts.