Monday, June 6, 2016

Another New Workboat Sale for Portsmouth Based Company

Sixth Vessel Constructed Since Takeover
Shipping News Feature
UK – Dover headquartered Burgess Marine acquired Meercat Workboats in September 2014 and has subsequently built six specialist vessels at its Portchester facility in Portsmouth, the latest of which has just been sold to Briggs Marine, the second such craft bought by the Scottish based marine and environmental services group. The 15.5 metre workboat has been configured to facilitate a deck cargo capacity of 20 tonnes and a liquid cargo capacity of 2 x 10,000 litres; with 2 x Doosan main engines and a BETA Marine 21kVA generator.

With a 6 metre beam the craft perfectly suits the purposes of its new owners which include subsea cable laying and oil spill response activities in their portfolio. The new craft is the first vessel built under Jamie Lewis’s new tenure as the company’s Managing Director. Jamie took over at the beginning of the month to coincide with Jason Coltman stepping down and he commented:

“It’s been a real pleasure to work with Briggs Marine throughout the sale process. They’ve chosen a fantastic specification and I’m sure that the vessel will prove not only to be fit-for-purpose in its immediate role but moreover in its future supporting the ever expanding Briggs business. She’s proven and reliable and we look forward to a timely handover.”

Burgess Marine provides highly skilled teams capable of carrying out planned refits and emergency works plus structural repairs and renewals, as well as mechanical repairs both above and below the waterline. With workshops and offices in Lowestoft, Dover, Portsmouth, Portchester, Southampton, Poole, Avonmouth and Devonport the Directors and Technical Management team within the company have over 250 years of combined experience and Managing Director Nicholas Warren commented:

“Briggs are exactly the sort of customer that we want to be working with. We work with them very well in our core ship repair business and, as we continue to develop our national network, our desire remains to support clients with a genuinely national reach. The likes of Briggs Marine, Svitzer, Serco and the network of Dredgers are so, so important to our extended business and it’s a real honour to be building one of these key customers a new workboat.”