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February 5th 2020

One of Scotland's newest and most innovative sectors is helping secure and maintain jobs in one of the country's oldest industries.

The growth in Scottish aquaculture, in particular salmon farming, is seeing an increased demand for support vessels including work-boats and well-boats One such vessel, the Helen Rice, is the first to be completed since Ferguson Marine came into public ownership.

Now officially named, the Helen Rice, a support vessel for the salmon-farming sector, has been lifted into the Clyde at the yard Port Glasgow and handed over to Inverlussa Marine Services, a family-owned business based on the Isle of Mull.

Economy Secretary Derek Mackay MSP, who attended the naming ceremony, said:

"This is another significant milestone as we start the journey to a new sustainable future for Ferguson Marine.

"This is a Scottish-built vessel, provided to a Scottish customer and serving the needs of the Scottish aquaculture industry. It is hugely encouraging that the yard has been able to support our island economies in this way.

Derek Mackay MSP and vessel sponsor Camilla Wilson at the naming ceremony

"My aim for the last two years has always remained the same - to keep the yard open and not just to finish the vessels currently being built, but to secure a future for the company in the years ahead. The high quality of the workmanship on the Helen Rice is a tribute to the skills of the Ferguson workforce."

Inverlussa Marine Services managing director Ben Wilson said:

"We were delighted to build this vessel in Scotland. I would like to thank Ferguson Marine and their workforce for delivering such a well-crafted vessel.

"We are looking forward to Helen Rice starting work providing important services to the Scottish fish farm industry. The delivery of this vessel continues our strategy of investing in the best vessels and crew."

Julie Hesketh-Laird, CEO of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation said: "The launch of Inverlussa's Helen Rice is a fantastic example of how a thriving salmon farming sector is helping to support Scottish manufacturing, businesses and communities."

"We look forward to seeing this innovative vessel at sea, serving Scotland's salmon farmers as they grow the number one fish of choice for British shoppers."

Inverlussa's Helen Rice lifted into the Clyde at Ferguson Marine's Port Glasgow yard