In 2013 officers and members of the Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority decided to replace their existing 21m steel, mono hulled patrol vessel.
Early in the project it was decided that the authority would be looking at a glass reinforced plastic (GRP) Catamaran, between 14m-16m in length, with a beam of no more than 6m, an A frame and rigid inflatable boat (RIB) situated at the aft of the vessel.
After a long and thorough procurement process Goodchild Marine were chosen to carry out the work
At the initial talks Goodchild Marine kept in contact with the NIFCA chief officers updating them of any issues and dealt with any alterations, as well as giving sound advice.
The project and build started early 2014 and was completed on schedule and within budget to the required specification and NIFCA took delivery in May 2015 after extensive trials,
Alan Goodchild personally delivered the vessel to the Royal Quays Marina, North Shields, River Tyne.
The NIFCA received a 16m GRP Catamaran, which met all our expectations, excellent sea capabilities, excellent speed and fuel efficiency.