Parkol’s latest new build takes to the water

The latest vessel to be constructed by Whitby shipbuilders Parkol Marine was launched last weekend.

Guardian Angell created quite a specatcle as it was craned into the sky above Whitby harbour front’s cottages and lowered into the harbour for the first time.

A lot of Parkol man power is needed to move the Gardian Angel . Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

A lot of Parkol man power is needed to move the Gardian Angel . Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

It has been under construction at the yard since August last year for Shetlands-based skipper, Michael Henderson.

The vessel is 265 tonnes and 26 metres in length and will be take on an eight strong crew with a hold capacity of 1150 boxes.

Sally Atkinson from Parkol said in addition to a successful launch, the Guardian Angell was just the latest from a continued association with the Shetland Islands and its fishing industry which is bringing a high volume of work to Whitby.

The shipyard has just signed a new order for Resilient Fishing (Whalsay) Ltd and fabrication starts next month and there are further enquires for new builds for repeat builds of Parkol vessels.

Ms Atkinson added: “We had three days of lifting and had to move another boat as well. We had to have quite detailed discussions with the crane company about which crane they were going to use and how they would situate it in the yard.

“The launch went very well and was over in a short space of time. So many people have commented on the lines of the ship and how she looks.”

Engine trials and sea trials will take place later this month before Guardian Angell sets sail back to the Shetlands.