Scotia Charters is pleased to announce that the capabilities of its 80-foot vessel Scotia W have been extended. The boat, which was launched in 2011, has had a new upper deck installed to increase its suitability for operating in the offshore renewable energy sector.
The new upper deck has been designed specifically for use by wildlife observers conducting seabird and marine mammal surveys. Three seating areas – two fore and one aft – have been installed on the deck. Each accommodates two people comfortably – three if required – and provides a 330º visual arc and a seated viewing height of 7.2m.
Access to the new deck is via an aft stairway fitted with double handrails, and regulation height handrails are fitted round the whole deck area. Additional safety precautions have been taken with the installation of an extra lifebelt and throwing line.
A new fixed external seating area has also been installed on the main deck. This comfortably seats six people, offers a seated viewing height of 5.1m and is fitted with safety rails. The introduction of this new seating area has also increased the vessel’s freshwater carrying capacity, thanks to the installation of an additional water tank below the seats. This addition helps to extend the vessel’s cruising range.
In addition to better meeting the needs of marine mammal observers, the new features will also benefit guests who have chartered the boat for a cruise holiday. The new upper deck provides additional outdoor deck space and an elevated height from which to enjoy the scenery and watch wildlife.
Scotia Charters’ Alex Wood said: “Installing the new upper deck has enhanced the capabilities of Scotia W for use in the renewable energy sector. Its addition increases the observation height by two metres, improving the vessel’s suitability for mammal and bird surveys. We now make the most of all the available space onboard and it is great that we have been able to do this without compromising the vessel’s already impressive capabilities.
“The new deck will also benefit our cruise passengers as it provides additional outside space and a better viewing platform from which to watch wildlife or marvel at the scenery. The decision to add the new deck did not come lightly, but it is something that will be able to be enjoyed by everyone who comes aboard.”
Converted from a former North Sea fishing trawler, Scotia W is a traditional wood hull vessel that offers luxurious accommodation for up to ten guests. Accommodation includes four twin and two single en-suite guest cabins, a large lounge and dining area, and a spacious wheelhouse. All meals are provided onboard the boat and are prepared using, where possible, the freshest local produce. Sailing itineraries can be tailored to suit specific guest requirements.
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