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Unst Inshore Services

Manager Jack Barclay founded Unst Inshore Services during 1996, as a result of a demand for a versatile light engineering company which could satisfy the heavy demands of the Aquaculture industry.

We started building and repairing salmon cages for Polar Cirkel and soon built a good reputation in the Industry. This allowed us to demonstrate our other skills and new work was soon forthcoming. Based on the good reputation and market potential at the time it was decided that we would become independent and part company from Polar Cirkel.

The need for under water lighting in fish farm cages also brought us an order for a generator lighting pontoon. The requirements were that the unit had to be designed so that the sea could wash over the equipment and it had to be as compact as possible. We built the first unit with 2 Lister 6Kva generators in aluminium housings with plastic flotation and fuel tank. The fuel capacity of 1200 litres gives one month running without refuelling. The generator pontoon has stood the extreme winter weather off the coast of Shetland with ease, proving that the design is both robust and reliable. There are now six in operation around Shetland.

We attended the Aqua 2000 Exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland, and that allowed us to demonstrate beyond the confines of Shetland what Unst Inshore Services could produce. The response was favourable and there was great interest from as far a field as Australia, Chile, Canada, Turkey and from within the UK itself. This did not come as a surprise as at Unst Inshore Services we build what the customer wants, not what we think they should have.

Fish Farmers are rarely allowed sufficient input into the design process. At Unst Inshore Services we believe in talking with the farmers and listening to them to find the simplest possible solution. In our opinion, it is a mistake to try to copy other ideas. Nothing is learnt from this, as problems are often inherited from previous designs. We design, prototype and build all our own equipment. This makes us our own worst critics, so if we are satisfied with a design then our customers almost certainly will be, and they are the people who count.


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10 metre Flugga Boat

10 metre Flugga Boat

10 metre Flugga Boat Beam: 3.45 LOA: 10m Draught: 500mm Payload: 1000kg Recommended HP: 460 Maximum Recommended HP: 700

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10 metre vessel for pollution control

10 metre vessel for pollution control

10m Fluggaboat New build in progress. 10m purpose build vessel for pollution control. Specification will include:- Twin 256 Steyr Diesel engines 30...

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6.5 metre Flugga Boat

6.5 metre Flugga Boat

6.5 metre Flugga Boat Beam: 2.5m LOA: 6m Draught: 400mm Payload: 1000kg Recommended HP: 150 Maximum Recommended HP:250

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6M Rigid inflatable boat

6M Rigid inflatable boat

The Flugga Boat design is a new concept in workboats, designed and built by Unst Inshore Services Ltd in the Shetland Islands. With four sizes now a...

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7.5 metre Flugga Boat

7.5 metre Flugga Boat

Beam: 2.5m LOA: 7.5m Draught: 400mm Payload: 1000kg Recommended HP: 150 Maximum Recommended HP: 300

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7m twin engined Flugga boat

7m twin engined Flugga boat

Beam: 2.5m LOA: 7m Draught: 400mm Payload: 1000kg Recommended HP: 150 Maximum Recommended HP: 250 Built in Shetland and designed to withstand t...

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7m workboats

7m workboats

Fluggaboat.jpg Built in Shetland and designed to withstand the harshest sea conditions that suround the isles. Flugga Boats match plastic and alum...

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8 metre/8.5 metre Flugga Boat

8 metre/8.5 metre Flugga Boat

8 metre/8.5 metre Flugga Boat Beam: 2.85m LOA: 8m/8.5m Draught: 400mm Payload: 1000kg Recommended HP: 230 Maximum Recommended: 400

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8m Diesel Inboard Boats

8m Diesel Inboard Boats

Fluggaboat.jpg Built in Shetland and designed to withstand the harshest sea conditions that suround the isles. Flugga Boats match plastic and ...

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9 metre Flugga Boat workboats

9 metre Flugga Boat workboats

9 metre Flugga Boat workboats Beam: 3.45m LOA: 9m Draught: 500mm Payload: 1000kg Recommended HP: 300 Maximum Recommended HP: 700

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Aluminium Basic Open Boats

Aluminium Basic Open Boats

We are one of the leading companies offering Aluminium Basic Open Boats in the UK. Aluminium Basic Open Boats - We have continued to build them from o...

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Aluminium Boats

Aluminium Boats

The Flugga Boat design is a new concept in workboats, designed and built by Unst Inshore Services Ltd in the Shetland Islands. With a range of sizes ...

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Aquaculture Workboats Manufacturers In UK

Aquaculture Workboats Manufacturers In UK

We are a reputable Aquaculture Workboats Manufacturers In UK. Aquaculture Workboats Manufacturers In UK - We have continued to build them from our bas...

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Basic Open Work Boats

Basic Open Work Boats

Basic Open Work BoatsWhether you are looking for a salmon workboat or a police boat, we can take care of your requirements. Based in Shetland, we prov...

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Custom built boats

Custom built boats

The Flugga Boats design is available in hull sizes of 6m, 7m and 8m and 9m. The deck is self draining with a 1 ton payload. The RIB type design is ...

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Custom Built Flugga Boats

Custom Built Flugga Boats

Custom Built Flugga BoatsThe Flugga Boat concept is available in seven different sizes, we are confident that we can supply you with an RIB to suit yo...

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Custom Built Police Boats

Custom Built Police Boats

Custom Built Police BoatsWe hand build each boat, and are happy to take any custom needs into consideration. From basic open boats, to full cabin with...

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Custom Built RIB Boats

Custom Built RIB Boats

Custom Built RIB BoatsWhether you are looking for a salmon workboat or a police boat, we can take care of your requirements. Based in Shetland, we pro...

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Custom Built Work Boats

Custom Built Work Boats

Custom Built Work BoatsThe Flugga Boat concept is available in seven different sizes, we are confident that we can supply you with an RIB to suit your...

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Custom Built Workboats

Custom Built Workboats

Custom Built WorkboatsWe hand build each boat, and are happy to take any custom needs into consideration. From basic open boats, to full cabin with su...

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Custom Made Aluminium Flugga Boats

Custom Made Aluminium Flugga Boats

We are one of the leading companies offering Custom Made Aluminium Flugga Boats in the UK. Custom Made Aluminium Flugga Boats - We have continued to b...

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Custom Made Aquaculture Hulls

Custom Made Aquaculture Hulls

Are you searching for highly reliable Custom Made Aquaculture Hulls? You have come to the right place! Custom Made Aquaculture Hulls - We have continu...

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Custom Made Basic Open Boats

Custom Made Basic Open Boats

Are you searching for highly reliable Custom Made Basic Open Boats? You have come to the right place! Custom Made Basic Open Boats - We have continued...

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Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Boats

Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Boats

Are you searching for highly reliable Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Boats? You have come to the right place! Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Boats - We ha...

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Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Boats

Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Boats

Are you searching for highly reliable Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Boats? You have come to the right place! Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Boats - We ha...

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Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Hulls

Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Hulls

Are you searching for highly reliable Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Hulls? You have come to the right place! Custom Made HDPE Aquaculture Hulls - We ha...

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Custom Made HDPE Flugga Boats

Custom Made HDPE Flugga Boats

Are you searching for highly reliable Custom Made HDPE Flugga Boats? You have come to the right place! Custom Made HDPE Flugga Boats - We have continu...

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Custom Made Plastic Aquaculture Boats

Custom Made Plastic Aquaculture Boats

Are you searching for highly reliable Custom Made Plastic Aquaculture Boats? You have come to the right place! Custom Made Plastic Aquaculture Boats -...

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Customisable Flugga Boats

Customisable Flugga Boats

Customisable Flugga BoatsWhether you are looking for a salmon workboat or a police boat, we can take care of your requirements. Based in Shetland, we ...

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Customisable Police Boats

Customisable Police Boats

Customisable Police BoatsThe Flugga Boat concept is available in seven different sizes, we are confident that we can supply you with an RIB to suit yo...

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Wales Saved From Mass Stranding

Wales Saved From Mass Stranding

A POD of more than 30 pilot whales was herded out of a Shetland voe amidst fears there was about to be a mass cetacean stranding. The local wildlife network started buzzing around 10.30am on Monday with news a large pod of pilot whales had been swimming around 500 metres off Firths Voe, near Mossbank. However concerns arose when the pod drifted into the voe and huddled together in a close pack just 50 metres from a sand bank.

Paul Harvey, of the Shetland Biological Records Centre, said the creatures were exhibiting some quite strange behaviour. “One animal almost seemed to be trying to lead them inshore and it’s tempting to anthropomorphise and say there was a battle of wills going on there,” he said. “One was trying to take the rest inshore and some of them were thinking this isn’t a very good idea.” Harvey said pilot whales often mass strand and there are various theories about why they do so.

“One of them is that maybe lead animals have a navigation problem and they are not used to navigating inshore, because they are a much more pelagic species. “Another theory is that one of the animals is sick and they are coming ashore to aid the sick animal.”

While onlookers, many sporting substantial camera lenses, were watching the drama unfold, local resident Liz Holmes contacted BP at the Sullom Voe oil terminal to ask them to assist.

BP sent two boats, including a fast response craft, around the northern tip of Shetland’s mainland and at around 2pm they neatly circled past the whales and then drove them back out to sea.

“It’s a bit unfortunate for people that maybe wanted to come and see them, but it’s the best thing for the whales,” Harvey said. “They do mass strand so it’s always a concern when they come inshore.

“Fortunately they chose the right island group didn’t they, because if they had been a couple of hundred miles up the road they would all have been hacked to pieces by now.

“Hopefully the animals will move back offshore, but the risk is that there is an animal with a problem and we could be exporting the problem somewhere else.

“But I think it’s the sensible thing to do and the animals have moved off.”

Firths Voe is where subsea pipelines bring oil ashore from the North Sea to the oil terminal and where a new gas exporting pipeline has recently been laid.

This story is originally from Shetland News in 2013, where our boats played a part in saving whales just off of Sullom.

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Short Promotional Film of the Original 7.7m Fluggaboat built by Jack Barclay at Unst Inshore Services. Located on the most Northerly island of the United Kingdom, the rugged landscape and mountainous seas experienced here are reflected in the Fluggaboats tough construction and durability. For centuries the local Flugga Lighthouse has kept mariners safe in these notorious waters, where the North Sea meets the Atlantic. It is these tempestuous seas which in 2004 gave birth to one of the world's most capable all weather commercial RIBS available today. Further information on the full range of these boats is available at www.fluggaboats.co.uk

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Unst Inshore Services

  • Hagdale Industrial Estate, Baltasound
  • Unst
  • Shetland
  • Shetland Isles
  • ZE2 9TW

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