It was back in 2016 when West Coast Sea Products first began discussions with Parkol Marine Engineering about a new style of vessel to replace the 47 year old Albatross BA 88. Four years later, and the new vessel has made its maiden trip – back in April 2020 – and been fully integrated into WCSP fleet.
The vessel itself, measuring 34m in length, is not only the largest to have been built in the UK for 20 years, but is also designed to the highest specification. Mr King wanted the Alcedo to have the optimum levels of efficiency for both queen and king scallop fishing, as well as meet the needs for the modern day crew.
“Keeping up with the times is an important consideration in any business. West Coast Sea Products took delivery of its last new boat, the 21.3m beam scalloper King Challenger, in 2006. Since then, scallop fishing has continued to evolve, as have crew requirements and regulations. Alcedo is therefore designed to be suitable for fishing in all areas around the UK, with optimum levels of operational efficiency, safety and crew comfort.”
The Alcedo features bespoke gear and catch-handling systems, electric drive main winches operated through an advanced regenerative power management system, and a customised internal layout in which the accommodation cabins are situated on the main deck.
It is an exciting addition to the WCSP fleet, bringing a new level of technological advance to the way WCSP fishes, and sets the bar extremely high for any future UK vessels
“Skippering the Alcedo has been an honour and a personal achievement to be given the opportunity. When I was first asked to be Skipper I had great apprehension as I understood the responsibilities involved, however the more I visited the shipyard the apprehension subsided and excitement to fish a great machine grew. The difference in size compared to my old vessel the Osprey meant extra care taken to coming in and out of port. When out of port the comfort at sea was exceptional and like nothing myself and the crew had experienced before. The Alcedo surpassed all expectations in fishing, sea faring and economical capabilities and is a true pleasure to fish.”
“Previous to being asked to be one of the skippers aboard Alcedo, I had been fishing a 15m vessel working the inshore grounds for the past 2 years constantly fighting against the weather especially winter months .So when John phoned me and asked me to be a part of it , it was an easy decision to make . I’ve worked quite a few big and small vessels over the years Alcedo is by far the best to date . The whole set up of the vessel is tailored to make the job a safe working environment which always comes first and foremost . She is a great sea boat that just glides through the waves whatever the conditions . The living quarters are very comfortable with plenty of space which is always good for moral . Happy to be apart of it all .”