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New high speed boat launched to patrol fisheries in Wales

A high speed patrol boat has been launched to ensure fisheries and marine laws are enforced in Welsh waters.

FPV Catrin is the first of three new patrol vessels, FPV Rhodri Morgan and FPV Lady Megan are currently under construction. Credit: Welsh Government

Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs christened the vessel at Conwy Marina.

It's been named FPV Catrin in memory of Catrin Glyndwr, a prominent woman in Welsh history, and the daughter of the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndwr.

Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths launched the boat at Conwy Marina. Credit: Welsh Government

FPV Catrin will provide a high speed response to ensure Wales continues to enforce fisheries and marine laws. The new vessel will fly the prestigious Welsh Government Marine and Fisheries enforcement flag, made in Swansea.

FPV Catrin is the first new vessel constructed by ship builders Marine Specialised Technology (MST).

It will help us meet our commitment to manage our fish stocks sustainably and safeguard Wales’ fishing industry and our coastal communities in the years ahead.

I would like to thank MST – without their dedication and efforts this day would not have been possible.

– Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs

FPV Catrin is the first of three new patrol vessels. FPV Rhodri Morgan and FPV Lady Megan are currently under construction in Pembrokeshire and are scheduled to be delivered to Welsh ports later in the year.

This is the largest example to date of our highly regarded High-Speed Patrol Boat series of fully enclosed wheelhouse Rigid Inflatable Boats and at 13m in length is now the flagship of our range.

Working with the Welsh Government has been a great experience for us and resulted in an exceptional craft which we are very proud of.

Our relationship has been a partnership in which we have worked together to produce one of the most comprehensive vessels of this size and type.

As a result it offers unparalleled levels of innovation, technology and capability which we are sure will serve the Fisheries for many years to come.

– Philip Hilbert, Sales Director, Marine Specialised Technology Limited