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Moray boat builder anticipates boom with world-first vessel

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A Moray boat-building firm is expected to treble its takings in the next three years as it constructs a vessel with the potential to make waves all over the world

Probond Marine Limited, which is based in Buckie, is building and supplying a new type of rigid inflatable boat.

Work on the project will create six new jobs at the company’s March Road premises.

The organisation, which was formed just two years ago, has secured a £65,000 grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to carry out the project.

And bosses reckon the company will secure business worth £700,000 from international customers, having already seen interest from buyers in America, Scandinavia and the Far East.

The Carson Intercepter boats feature a specially shaped hull, designed to reduce friction, which will enable them to reach greater speeds.

They will ultimately be available in sizes ranging from 25ft to 31ft, and can be adapted for special forces operations.

A “demonstrator” model is under construction, which potential customers will use to perform trials at sea.

Probond Marine Ltd founder, Colin MacAndrew, said: “The hull design is truly unique, and will allow us to offer the maritime industry a vessel capable of multiple roles – from workboat duties to long-range high-speed operations.

“We have plans for significant growth over the next few years, allowing us to meet the growing demand for our boats and services.”

Karen Peasnall, HIE’s business account manager, added: “Probond is in an excellent position to accelerate its growth in the next few years.

“These new plans combine innovation, ambition and huge potential to make significant inroads into international markets.

“This will improve its long-term prospects and bring benefits to the local economy, including valuable new jobs.”

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