THE COMMUNITY of Whalsay has been welcoming its second brand-new state-of-the-art pelagic trawler in as many months.
The new 80-metre long Research (LK 62), said to have cost an estimated £34 million, sailed into Symbister on Friday morning after crossing the North Sea from Norway overnight.
The vessel, built for the locally owned Research Fishing Company, was designed by naval architect Skipsteknisk AS of Aalesund, and built at the Vard Langsten shipyard in the More og Romsdal district.
The vessel is equipped with the latest technology and has many electronically powered components such as winches and the fish pump, to reduce the risk of oil spills.
The previous pelagic trawler with the name Research was sold to a Faroese fishing company and has been renamed Borgarin.
Last month, the new Serene - the largest vessel in the Shetland fishing fleet - was delivered to a Whalsay based fishing company.