Press release -

Pupils to help name new dredger

Children at primary schools in the Buckie area are to help decide the name of Moray Council’s new £2.4million dredger.

A competition is being run over the next few weeks when pupils will be asked to suggest a suitable name for the vessel, which is currently under construction at the Macduff Shipyard site at Buckie harbour.

A shortlist will then go before councillors for a final decision.

The dredger is due for completion next spring and will be based at Buckie, although she will also service the harbours at Burghead, Hopeman, Findochty, Portknockie and Cullen as well as being available for hire to coastal councils elsewhere in Scotland.

The vessel – which will be the only council-owned dredger in Scotland - is being built as a replacement for the Shearwater, which Moray Council disposed of two years ago after many years of service.

The naming competition is open to pupils at Cluny, Millbank, Portessie, St Peter’s, Portgordon, Findochy, Portknockie and Cullen primary schools.

The pupil whose entry is selected will be given a tour of the Macduff Shipyard site to see the dredger under construction and to see the nameplate attached to the bow.


  • Navigation, Vessels, Harbour


  • shipbuilding
  • harbour dredging


  • Scotland

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.


Sharon Dunbar

Press contact Media and Communications Officer 01343 563046

Peter Jones

Press contact Communications manager Press, public communications, social media, events, FOI, campaigns, crisis comms. 01343 563601