A SPECIALIST boat builder in Northumberland has delivered a new landing craft to the Falkland Islands.
The new Concordia Baby is the latest vessel to be completed by Blyth-based Alnmaritec.
The boat will be used to transport goods, supplies and passengers – everything from a Land Rover or small JCB through to a herd of sheep.
In addition, it also has a large loading ramp at the front end of the deck designed to load off on to a beach or slipway.
The vessel will be installed on passenger and cargo ferry, the M/V Concordia Bay, operated by Workboat Services Ltd in the archipelago.
Workboat Services manager, Adam Cockwell, said: “Delivering goods, supplies and passengers to all of the islands is a real challenge for us, and in some cases, can only be achieved with a smaller craft. We were looking for a vessel with a very specific set of design criteria.”
The firm worked with Alnmaritec on a design similar to the Wave Supplier Class landing craft.
“We looked at a number of suppliers, but chose Alnmaritec due to the excellent reputation the company has, their experience, and the confidence we had that they would be able to provide us a design solution to meet our needs. “We had to ensure that we achieved the highest possible payload whilst keeping the overall weight and size to a minimum,“ said Cockwell.
Alnmaritec MD Chris Millman added: “The design requirements were a challenge but what we’ve produced is a very robustly-built landing craft, able to cope with the rigours of coastal operations. She is fitted with powerful engines and stern drives giving good speed and exceptional manoeuvrability for operations.”