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Malakoff Limited - Our History

As Shetland’s leading engineering & fabrication contractor & boat builder, Malakoff Limited have a long and illustrious standing in Shetland that goes back over 100 years.

The current ownership took over in 2003 and continue to expand and develop the company in any direction where a marine-orientated thread can be established.


10 May

The Beginning

The first advertisement for Laurence Goodlad’s Malakoff boat-building establishment features in the Shetland Times in February 1881 and it boasts very moderate prices for paints, oils,...

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20 September

The Turn of the 20th Century

Laurence Odie's carpenters shed is destroyed by a fire, all while William Moore arrives in Shetland from Orkney. After working as a blacksmith for Irvine's of Boddam, Moore arrived in...

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16 July

The World Wars

The Malakoff yard and William & Jack Moore played a role in both wars. During the First War, the yard was given an Admiralty contract to supply coal to vessels. During the Second War, there...

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3 September

Decades of Change

The 50's and 60's would see a lot happen. A massive range of upgrades and changes to leadership and directors would set the Malakoff up for tackling a massive array of projects.  As...

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22 March

The Impeding Oil Boom

A huge decade of expansion, business development and hugely improved facilities would follow once again as the Malakoff would go from strength-to-strength. With the aforementioned shift...

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7 November

A Decade of Rapid Expansion

It would only be the 80's before both forms were formally amalgamated and the official name of the Malakoff would come into play. The company would become Malakoff & Wm Moore Ltd in...

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19 April

Further Expansion & Voe Boats Introduced

The 90's was, yet again, a huge decade for the company as the boatbuilding facilities would see massive expansion and there would be the the introduction of the revolutionary voe boats.  In...

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25 July

A New Era Dawns

A turbulent start to the early noughties would eventually turn out good for Malakoff.  The floating dock at Holmsgarth that was operated by Malakoff would stop operations in 2001, after 12...

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8 October

Boat Building Progress & Giving Back

In a decade that saw huge advancements to the boat building services offered by Malakoff Limited, the company would also give back to the Shetland community.  It would be one of the most...

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