NIFCA has a range of vessels and equipment it uses to carry out its duties in the district including the Authority patrol and survey vessel ‘St Aidan’, the smaller RIB ‘TT St Aidan’ which can be launched from the patrol vessel, and the large cabin RIB ‘Robert Arckless MBE’ used primarily for carrying out enforcement duties in the district.
St Aidan is a modern purpose-built fisheries patrol/survey catamaran. Built 2014/15 in Great Yarmouth, this is the first vessel of the SB LYNX 1600 design.
Using G.R.P (Glass reinforced plastic) its gross weight is 25 tonne with an overall length of 17.50 metres. It has a beam of 5.50 metre and draft of 1.60 metre and is powered by twin Cummins QSC 8.3 main engines with Twin Disc MGX5065A Gearboxes. Giving a sprint speed of 23 knots and a cruising speed of 17 knots, the St Aidan is coded to MCA category 2, with a capacity of carrying 10 passengers/crew.
The vessel is fitted with a winch at the rear which can be used during surveys throughout the district, including this benthic grab survey conducted in November 2021.