Two New Workboats for Orkney Organic Sites

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has taken delivery of two identical workboats – the Naomi D and the Ella May – which have arrived in Orkney and will support the company’s organic seawater sites at Cava in Scapa Flow, and Stronsay.

The vessels are identical and were designed and constructed by Nauplius Workboats in Groningen in the Netherlands. Both are equipped with a 13 metre crane with a lifting capacity of over 1,100kg at full reach.

Following the Cooke tradition of naming boats after family and staff, Ella May is named after the daughters – Lilly May and Ella Marie – of Cooke Aquaculture’s Head Engineer, Terry Rendall.

Terry joined Cooke Aquaculture in summer 2015 and lives in Harray with his wife, Sarah, and three children (pictured).

Terry said: “The Ella May is the latest addition to our fleet of workboats, and has been purpose-built to meet our needs.

“Cooke Aquaculture is family-owned company and they have a lovely tradition of naming boats after staff and their family. We’re really honoured to have a boat named after our daughters Lilly May and Ella Marie.”

Naomi D entered service at our Mill Bay organic site in Stronsay in October 2020. She is named after our Orkney-based environmental analyst Naomi Dempsey, and will support operations at Mill Bay, as well as Bay of Holland (our newest organic site) which is under construction.