Monday, 31 March 2008


This small ship has visited Fairlie twice in the past week. She is the Swedish offshore survey vessel FRANKLIN, built in 1985 and orginally used in Australia. In April 2005, she joined Marin Mätteknik, a Swedish underwater survey company, retaining her original name. With an overall length of 55.6 metres, she is 1,178 gross tons. FRANKLIN has recently been employed on survey work in connection with underwater power cables between North Ireland and Rathlin Island, and also has spent time working out of Stornoway, carrying out surveys in the Minch. A detailed specification sheet for the ship can be read here. After a brief three hour visit to Fairlie today (possibly to bunker), FRANKLIN sailed for Stornoway.