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Johnson Marine's workboat Solundoy on Sunday.

SHETLAND-based firm Johnson Marine, which provides harvesting services to the Scottish and Irish salmon farming industries, has just taken delivery of another addition to its growing fleet of workboats and live fish carriers.

The 30-metre Solundoy arrived in Lerwick Harbour from the Republic of Ireland on Monday afternoon.

The purpose-built live fish carrier was acquired last week from Finbarr O’Driscoll of the Solundoy Trading Company Ltd, based at Castletownbere.

The vessel has a crew of four and is set up for smolt movements, live fish movements and grading of salmon and trout.

Johnson Marine now operates 12 vessels in Shetland and along the Scottish west coast harvested 50,000 tonnes of salmon (a third of the Scottish production) for a number of clients last year.

The company also provides other services such as on-site net washing, live fish movements and mechanical de-licing.

David Leask of Johnson Marine said: “The company has grown from two vessels and 20 staff in 2012 to 12 vessels and 80 staff in 2016.

“This includes a dedicated engineering team supporting and servicing the vessels that operate throughout Scotland, Ireland, Norway and even 1 trip to Iceland.”