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Virtuous set out on her maiden sea trials in the early hours of Thursday morning with a full compliment of crew and a couple of Parkol’s engineers.

Having steamed up the coast to North Shields with no problems, her engines powering her through the water with ease, Sandy and Alexander West set about putting her through some of her paces before the nets were dropped and hauling began.  To the absolute delight of everyone on board, the engines, winches and hydraulics worked like a dream & the first haul of nets came aboard the new stern ramp as slickly as they’d be cast.

However, the best was yet to come, as she steamed back towards Whitby it seemed that she wasn’t the only one enjoying freedom of the open sea, and the final seal of approval was given as she was escorted back to Whitby in the best way possible.

Naming ceremony symbolises fishing industry optimism

The commissioning of a new trawler is always symbolic of much more than its physical presence on the water. Nine times out of 10, a boat encapsulates a family’s, and even a community’s, hopes and dreams.

And the Summer Rose was no different.

Named at a ceremony accompanied by a piper and led by a minister from the Mission to Seafarers in April 2017, she left our Whitby yard destined for Oban in the west of Scotland, where she is now fishing for scallops.

John MacAlister, her new owner, travelled down from Scotland for the ceremony with an array of family and friends, for a full day and night of celebrations.

Looking forwards, looking back

The launch of our new website seemed like a good opportunity to reflect on what the future holds for Parkol Marine Engineering.

With our 50th anniversary just a stone’s throw away, we’re experiencing the most rapid phase of growth in our history.

Boat production has doubled, with four vessels undergoing construction this year alone and a significant number of pre-orders lined up. So much so that, to service demand, in 2017 we opened a second, bigger, fabrication hall in Middlesbrough.

The new hall, measuring 35 by 70 metres and boasting three, dedicated 20-tonne cranes and fully-under-cover capability gives us the additional capacity to build steel or aluminium-hulled vessels up to 50 metres long, and paves the way for us to extend our services to other types of craft.