Wales' fisheries patrol team was given a major boost yesterday with the launch of a new high speed patrol boat.

Welsh Government cabinet secretary Lesley Griffiths was on hand to officially christen the new vessel FPV Catrin, named in memory of Catrin Glyndwr - the daughter of the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales, in the Conwy Marina.

FPV Catrin is set to be one of the best vessels of its size and type and will provide a high speed response capability to ensure Wales continues to effectively enforce fisheries and marine laws.

The new vessel is the first of three new patrol vessels. FPV Rhodri Morgan and FPV Lady Megan are currently under construction in Pembrokeshire and are scheduled to be delivered to Welsh ports later in the year.

Ms Griffiths, prior to cutting the ribbon, said: “I am delighted to be here in Conwy to celebrate the christening launch of our new Fisheries Patrol Vessel Catrin.

“Our new vessel will ensure we can continue to effectively enforce fisheries and marine laws. It will help us meet our commitment to manage our fish stocks sustainably and safeguard Wales’ fishing industry and our coastal communities in the years ahead."

Marine Specialised Technology Limited sales director Philip Hilbert added: “This is the largest example to date of our highly regarded High-Speed Patrol Boat series of fully enclosed wheelhouse Rigid Inflatable Boats and at 13m in length is now the flagship of our range.

"We have worked together to produce one of the most comprehensive vessels of this size and type. As a result it offers unparalleled levels of innovation, technology and capability which we are sure will serve the Fisheries for many years to come.”