Parkol Marine Engineering

Parkol Marine Engineering is a shipbuilding and engineering company based in Whitby, North Yorkshire, England. The company was founded in 1971 and, since 1997, has built an average of two ships per year: orders increased, however, between 2015 and 2018, which led to the company opening a second site on Teesside.

Parkol Marine Engineering
IndustryShipbuilding
Founded1971
HeadquartersWhitby,
England
Number of locations
2
Number of employees
70 (2020)
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

Originally formed in 1971, during the 1970s and 1980s the business was a marine repair yard which employed 40 people.[1] Prior to Parkol Marine Engineering (PME) constructing boats in 1997, the last recorded boat to be built in Whitby was in the early 1970s.[2] The Parkol company was formed by Ken Parker and John Oliver, with the new venture being a portmanteau of the first parts of their surnames.[3] In 1997, after acquiring a dry dock from the Netherlands,[4] Parkol Marine Engineering ventured into the boat-building business, launching a 33-foot (10 m) scalloper in 1997, though the first trawler they built was the Rebecca in 1999.[3] Originally located at Spital Bridge in the town, they moved to a new site closer to the riverside on Church Street.[5]

 
Parkol shipbuilding site on Church Street in Whitby

In their Church Street site, the company have a fabrication, shot blasting and painting hall. The yard adjoins the eastern bank of the River Esk,[6][7] and has two newbuild berths for vessels up to 82 feet (25 m) long and a dry dock capable of taking vessels up to 138 feet (42 m).[4] Every newbuild boat at Parkol Marine has been created on paper by the ship designer Ian Paton.[8]

In 2017, Parkol opened a second site in Middlesbrough that measured 230 feet (70 m) long by 115 feet (35 m) wide and 131 feet (40 m) tall. The larger site was created so that Parkol could build bigger boats and tailor bespoke boat building to the fishing industry's needs.[9] Combined with the site on Teesside, the company employed 80 tradesmen and staff,[10] dropping to around 70 in 2020.[11]

In October 2018, the first boat to be built in the new Middlesbrough site was launched officially at Whitby Harbour. The company offers a range of marine engineering services; from refurbishment and repair, to a whole newbuild ship.[12] The yard offers ship-lengthening services. The first ship to undergo this work was the Scarborough trawler Allegiance, which was extended by 26 feet (7.9 m) at a fifth of the cost of a newbuild ship.[13]

Parkol also undertake maintenance, and have, in the past, cleaned the Whitby Lifeboat and serviced her in less than six hours so as to keep the lifeboat availability at the best it could be.[14] In 2002, they built a replica of Captain Cook's ship, HMS Bark Endeavour, to two-fifths of the actual size. The replica vessel (known simply as either Endeavour or The Bark Endeavour Whitby) sails up and down the coast from Whitby and is powered by a motor. The ship was constructed from wood using the skills of local tradesmen.[15][16][17]

Parkol regularly feature in the Fishing Vessel of the Year competitions run by Fishing News: they won best vessel in 2015 and 2016.[18] Their yard in Whitby has been featured in an episode of Kavanagh QC on ITV in 1998.[19]

Parkol fabricate their boats on the quayside and then have a crane lift their vessels into the water, as opposed to the normal route of launching them down the slipway.[20]

Ships builtEdit

Below is a sample list of ships that Parkol Marine have built since 1997.[21] There is not a ship with yard number 13.[3]

Yard No. Year Type Name Tonnage IMO Number Notes Registration Code Yard built in
1 1997 19.11m Scalloper Jacqueline Anne OB 555 Whitby
2 1999 18.50m Trawler Rebecca 130 tonnes (140 tons) 8957209 Renamed Courage in January 2007[22] WY 790 Whitby
3 2000 18m Trawler Our Lass 8965476 WY 797 Whitby
4 2001 18.77m Twin Rig Trawler Reliant 8972716 BCK 101 Whitby
5 2001 14.94m Trawler Sophie Louise II SSS 678 Whitby
6 2002 13.37m wooden Replica Endeavour Whitby
7 2002 14.95m Gill Netter Berlewen PW 1 Whitby
8 2003 14.95m Vivier Crabber Siwrengale H 77 Whitby
9 2004 15.95m Trawler Emulate WY 110 Whitby
10 2004 14.15 m Scalloper Harmonii MR 7 Whitby
11 2004 15m twin rig trawler Rachael Jayne II MT 100 Whitby
12 2005 16.95m Vivier Crabber Celtic Dawn 8996396 K 76 Whitby
14 2005 18m Scallop Trawler Rois Mhiari 8996384 OB 45 Whitby
15 2005 14.95m Vivier Crabber Ebonnie BM 176 Whitby
16 2006 9.80m workboat Foy Boat Whitby
17 2006 18.77m Trawler Copious 9395757 LK 985 Whitby
18 2006 18.90m Trawler Star of Jura 9095503 OB 278 Whitby
19 2007 14.95m Vivier Crabber Aquila OB 74 Whitby
20 2007 21m Trawler Our Lass II 9095515 WY 261 Whitby
21 2007 22.80m Trawler Radiant Star 9453808 LK 71 Whitby
22 2008 16.49m Twin Rig Trawler Prolific N/A 9548859 LK 986 Whitby
23 2008 16.70m Vivier Potter Noronya N/A 9564530 K 733 Whitby
24 2009 17.50m Twin Rig Trawler Pleiades N/A 9564542 BF 155 Whitby
25 2009 16.49 m Twin Rig Trawler Reliance II N/A 9564566 BF 800 Whitby
26 2009 21.67 m Twin Rig Trawler Jubilee quest N/A 9564554 GY 900 Whitby
27 2010 16.49 m Twin Rig Trawler Challenger N/A 9564475 FR 90 Whitby
28 2010 22.06m Twin Rig Trawler Virtuous N/A 9577252 FR 253 Whitby
29 2016 26.75m Motor Yacht Able One Whitby
30 2013 26m Trawler Our Lass III 9655925 WY 261 Whitby
31 2014 26m Trawler Guiding Star 261 tonnes (288 tons) 9699488 [23][24] H 360 Whitby
32 2014 27m Salmon Feed Carrier Havilah 160 tonnes (180 tons) 9743394 [25] Whitby
33 2015 26m Trawler Guardian Angell 9747388 LK 272 Whitby
34 2015 14.95m Vivier Crabber La Creole II BM 177 Whitby
35 2016 27m Seiner/Trawler Resilient 9781346 [26] LK 195 Whitby
36 2017 23.95m Prawn Tawler Day Star 9803390 FR 86 Whitby
37 2017 23.95m Trawler Victory Rose 265 tonnes (292 tons) 9810288 [27][28] WY 37 Whitby
38 2017 19m Trawler Sparkling Star 9810317 UL 290 Whitby
39 2018 26m Trawler Guiding Light 9840025 H 902 Whitby
40 2018 23.95m Trawler Uberous 9850965 Launched 21/10/2018 built in Whitby FR 50 Whitby
41 2020 34m Scallop And Queenie Trawler Alcedo 9884875 Launched 10/01/2020 built in Middlesbrough BA 77 Middlesbrough
42 2018 20.30M Scallop Trawler Summer Rose 9829291 [29] The hull was built in Middlesbrough under subcontract by MacDonald Offshore OB 141 Middlesbrough
43 2019 19m Trawler Carvela 9884746 Launched 23/03/2019 [30] built in Middlesbrough yard K751 Middlesbrough
44 2018 20.30m Scalloper Atlantic Dawn 9850953 Launched 16/09/2018 First Parkol Marine build vessel in Middlesbrough yard CN 25 Middlesbrough
45 2019 22.30m Twin Rig Trawler Fruitful Bough 9858917 Launched 03/04/2019 built in Whitby yard PD 109 Whitby
46 2019 24m Trawler Virtuous 9879650 Launched 14/09/2019 built in Whitby yard FR 253 Whitby
47 2020 27m Salmon Feed Carrier Havara 260 tonnes Launched 10/09/2020 built in Middlesbrough yard Middlesbrough
48 2020 16.49 m Vivier Crabber Osprey 9858931 Launched 06/03/2020 built in Whitby yard WK 4 Whitby
49 2020 20.70 m Twin Rig Trawler Reliance III 190 tonnes Launched 04/09/2020 built in Whitby yard BF 800 Whitby
50 2021 27.8 m Vivier Crabber Valhalla Launched 29/09/2021 built in Whitby yard FR 268 Whitby
51 2021 20.40 m Gillnetter Amanda of ladram N/A N/A Launched 17/03/2021 built in Whitby yard PW 6 Whitby
52 2021 27.8 m Twin rig Trawler Sparking star N/A N/A Launched 15/02/2022 in Middlesbrough yard UL 290 Middlesbrough
53 2021 23 m Trawler Ambitious II' N/A N/A Launched 08/09/2021 built in Middlesbrough yard DA 62 Middlesbrough
54 2022 N/A Day dawn N/A N/A Launched 12/03/2022 built in Whitby yard FR 90 Whitby
55 2022 22 m Trawler Green isle N/A N/A Launched 5/09/2022 built in Middlesbrough yard SO 500 Middlesbrough
56 2023 N/A N/A N/A N/A under construction in Middlesbrough yard N/A Middlesbrough
57 2022 25 m Trawler Daystar II N/A N/A under construction in Whitby yard FR 86 Whitby
58 2023 N/A N/A N/A N/A under construction in Middlesbrough yard N/A Middlesbrough
59 2022 21.4 m Crabber Winter of Ladram N/A N/A Launched 12/07/2022 built in Whitby yard E 24 Whitby

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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