A surprise new addition to the harbour at Granton

Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 18.15.49Anybody going down to the yard recently will be surprised to see a large vessel “parked” by the slip against the yard.

This is the MV Shearwater, a dredger which has been acquired by a local businessman.

The dredger was bought from Moray Council, who described her as a liability, and it had to be towed from Buckie.

This report from the Moray Council website:

“The harbour dredger used by Moray Council has been sold.

In recent years the MV Shearwater had become too costly to maintain and its frequent breakdowns made the operation of it unreliable.

The vessel was used to keep harbours in Moray clear, and was frequently contracted out to other authorities throughout Scotland and north England with similar dredging requirements.

A Rosyth-based company specialising in workboats was the successful bidder for the Shearwater, and it is expected she will be towed to her new base for renovation.

Before she leaves Buckie harbour however, a certificate of seaworthiness has to be issued by the Marine and Coastguard Agency.”

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The Shearwater has been undergoing repairs at Granton, and on the evening of 4 Feb sailed out to go dredging at Kirkaldy.  She is expected back for a while, though  the Club has been assured that she will leave again before our lift-in.

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