The Shetland whitefish trawler Resilient has been sold to a buyer in Ireland, and a new vessel for the Whalsay owners is due to be delivered in the summer.
The Resilient, LK 195, which is skippered by Arthur Polson, is this weekend being taken to her new home. The vessel, built in Macduff in 1997, will be in Ireland on Sunday morning.
The replacement for the existing Resilient has been ordered from Parkol Marine in Whitby, and will be ready in July. According to Gary Spence at whitefish agents LHD, she will be “broadly similar” to her predecessor, which has a length of 24 metres and 7.6 metre beam.
Mr Spence said: “She will be a standard whitefish boat, the same size but 20 years newer. The boys are looking forward to it.”
He said one difference would be that the boat which has just been sold was a twin-rig trawler, whereas the new trawler can also seine net.
Between now and July the crew of seven, who do not all work at the same time, will be spending time at the Whitby boatyard and doing relief work on other boats.