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On 30th March in Hardinxveld, the Netherlands, Damen Shipyards Group handed over a Multi Cat 1908 named Patricia Matheson to Inverlussa Marine Services. The company, based on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, will operate the vessel in the aquaculture industry.


Inverlussa Marine Service is one of Scotland’s leading workboat companies, supplying vessels to service contracts for amongst others, the offshore wind and fish-farming sectors, throughout the UK and Europe. Patricia Matheson will be the 12th vessel operating in the company’s fleet and their first Damen vessel. 

The contract order for the vessel was signed in October, 2019. The fast delivery was facilitated by Damen’s practice of building hulls for stock. This vessel will work in the aquaculture industry and will carry out a diverse range of tasks including grid inspections, anchor-handling and equipment towage. 

Ben Wilson, managing director of Inverlussa Marine Services said, “We enjoyed working with Damen on this project. Their Multicats are renowned around the world and when the right opportunity arose, we were delighted to partner with them. The Patricia Matheson will strengthen the breadth of services that we can now provide to our clients in Scotland and further afield.”


Although based on the standardised, proven Damen Multi Cat 1908 design, Inverlussa Marine Services have customised their new vessel. This has included the positioning of the capstan cranes and manouevring stands, some tailoring to the vessel’s accommodation and the installation of an additional generator to provide the power the vessel needs to serve the aquaculture industry. 

Additionally, in alignment with the company’s keen focus on operating efficiency, Patricia Matheson features an additional crane and a larger main winch.

Damen sales manager Mike Besijn said, “It’s been a pleasure working with Inverlussa Marine Services on the development of their Multi Cat. They really knew what they were looking for in their vessel and have provided us with valuable input in her development. On behalf of Damen I would like to wish the company every success with their first Damen vessel.”


Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 13,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers around 175 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Our vision is to become the most sustainable and digital shipbuilder in the world. To achieve this, the focus is on going ‘back to the core’: on standardisation and series construction; the traits that have made Damen great and that are essential to make shipping greener and more connected. 

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, winches, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating (and covered) drydocks, including the longest, 420 x 80 metres, and the widest, 405 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.

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