Leading Journal of the Irish & UK Fishing Industries

Parkol Marine has teamed up with Northeastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NEIFCA) to develop a first-of-its kind new survey and patrol vessel. Developed in partnership with leading UK naval architects Chartwell Marine, the new boat is due to be commissioned in the Spring of 2025.

The vessel will be built at Parkol’s yard in Whitby, and is the most significant example yet of our company’s diversification into working vessel and cargo ship construction, in addition to the state-of-the-art fishing vessels we built our enviable reputation on.

Sally Atkinson, Commercial Director for Parkol Marine, added: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been granted this opportunity, which represents a number of firsts for Parkol Marine – it is the first catamaran, first Government tender that the company has won and is the first workboat of this type. It is also the first time we have worked with Chartwell Marine and their innovative style of ship design.

“It’s also the first competitive public tender we’ve bid for and to have won is a fantastic achievement. There is an increasing amount of optimism in the UK fishing and shipbuilding industries and we’re delighted to be part of that, working with new suppliers to increase our already-significant knowledge and experience to create local job opportunities and further expand our skill base.”

“The contract provides us with an opportunity to nurture homegrown skills with our existing aluminium welders/fabricators, and also to recruit apprentices via our apprenticeship programme.

The boat is to be built in accordance with UK Workboat Code Edition 2, with consideration given to UK Workboat Code Edition 3 wherever possible, and built under survey by UK certifying authority MECAL. Its hull structure is being designed in accordance with Lloyd Register LRSSC or Bureau Veritas scantling requirements.


(Cut the below information for the magazine – this can be used on the website)


Standout features of the boat include:

  • An aluminium hull, making it more fuel-efficient and capable of carrying heavier cargo loads, than the existing vessel, the North Eastern Guardian III (NEG III)
  • With a top speed of 20+ knots, the new build will be much more effective and efficient than NEG III and its IMO tier 3-compliant engine will generate 87 per cent less nitrous oxide emissions
  • The new addition will be able to carry up to 27 tonnes of cargo, including analytical equipment, rigid inflatable craft for high-speed patrols, and confiscated stock and equipment where necessary
  • A dedicated onboard wet lab will enable NEIFCA personnel, scientists and environmentalists to analyse samples in the field, forming faster, more accurate conclusions
  • Built-in, high-tech acoustic equipment including multi-beam echo sensors, will provide ultra-accurate 3D images of the seabed and under-water activity, with its slow cruising capability enabling it to travel noiselessly and minimise disruption to digital image capture and marine life when assessing seabed biodiversity. Sophisticated radar and plotting systems will monitor and evidence the movement of fishing vessels around prohibited areas.
  • Mission changeover equipment will allow the crew to switch seamlessly between patrol and survey modes, for maximum capability.

If you would like to find out more about this or similar projects, contact us on 01947602669 or info@parkol.co.uk.