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New fisheries protection vessel launched

03/02/2003

Rural Development Minister Ross Finnie accompanied his wife Mrs Phyllis Finnie as she launched the new Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) vessel, 'Minna'.

The £7.8 million Scottish Executive-funded vessel has been built at Ferguson's shipyard in Port Glasgow, and is the third ship to be named 'Minna', all of which have been built on the Clyde.

Mr Finnie said:

"The launch of the 'Minna' will aid the SFPA in carrying out their important role. While this is of course a difficult period for the fishing industry, it is essential that the SFPA have appropriate, modern resources at their disposal at this time.

"I am also particularly pleased that the ship has been built at my local shipyard in Port Glasgow. I am certain it will give a distinguished and lengthy service."

The derivation of the name 'Minna' comes from the name of a daughter of Magnus Troil, a Chief Laird of the Shetland Islands in bygone days.

The two previous 'Minnas' were of similar size, and also constructed on the Clyde. They gave distinguished and lengthy service in war and peace.

'Minna' will replace SFPA vessel 'Westra'.