Marine Harvest Ireland Launches new €800,000 workboat


Marine Harvest Ireland Launches new €800,000 workboat

New marine vessel to support company farms in Donegal


Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI), Ireland’s leading organic salmon producer, has unveiled its newly commissioned €800,000 fish farm workboat “Croí na Farraige” in Lough Swilly.  Government Chief Whip, Joe McHugh officially launched the vessel at a chilly Rathmullan pier on Saturday December 9th.


The 17.5 metre vessel was designed by Simon Cormack of Marine Design and constructed by Arklow Marine.  The boat name was proposed by MHI staff member, Declan McGettigan after company staff were invited to submit suggested names for the new vessel.


Speaking at the launch Jan Feenstra, MD of MHI said “This boat represents a significant investment by Marine Harvest. Croí na Farraige was designed in conjunction with our marine staff, we are very proud to see it operational here in Fanad.” 

The project was part funded by the Irish Government and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund under the Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme and was administered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency.

Marine Harvest has several sea farms along the western seaboard. They are located on Lough Swilly, Mulroy Bay, Inver Bay, Clew Bay, Kenmare Bay and Bantry Bay.  All of the fish from these farms are packed at the firms Co Donegal factory in Rinmore on the Fanad peninsula.  “Croí na Farraige”, will be used to support those sea-farms in Donegal waters from where Marine Harvest was founded by Irish investors in 1979.