The new Guardian Angell (LK 272) arrived home in Shetland today after successful engine and fishing trials off Whitby last week.
Yell skipper Michael Henderson, whose wife Wilma christened the fully shelterdecked, single rig trawler in May at the Parkol yard where she was built, brought her into Lerwick with partners Mark Hoseason and Lindsay Inkster.
“It’s always great to see a new boat coming to Shetland and congratulations are owed to Michael and the boys,” said Brian Isbister, chief executive of the Shetland Fish Producers’ Organisation (SFPO).
“The industry is in a good place just now, and we expect to see some more orders for new boats in the months ahead.”
The Guardian Angell is just shy of 24m long and almost 8m across the beam. Her main engine is a fuel-efficient Mitsubishi S6R2 coupled to a Reintjes 7.476:1 reduction gearbox and turning a 2,500mm diameter propeller in a newly-designed nozzle. She gave an average top speed of 10.3 knots in trials.
She arrived in Lerwick complete with 750 new yellow LHD fish boxes stored in her fishroom.
The Guardian Angell Fishing Company Ltd sold the previous Guardian Angell to a group of four young Whalsay fishermen who have renamed her Courageous.