Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New Vessel Capable of Multiple Maritime Tasks - From Port Support to Offshore Maintenance

Reinvigorated Workboat Builder Launches Latest Model
Shipping News Feature
UK – WORLDWIDE – Hampshire based specialist boat builder Meercat has launched its newest and most robust vessel to date with the introduction of the twin screw monohull Meercat M18, a multi-purpose workboat. The new vessel is designed to be a cost effective multi-purpose workhorse designed for bigger projects such as port services, construction works, dredging support and offshore maintenance works.

Powered by two Doosan V158TIH engines, the 18.75-metre vessel has a large carrying capability and a top speed of 9.5 knots and Meercat designed her with a view to maintaining the company’s position competing in the global market for such vessels. The standard M18 comes as a completely new design and is based on the requirements of the users requiring a heavy duty workboat offering an extremely stable working platform for a multitude of tasks and can operate to a range of 60 nautical miles from safe haven as standard.

Meercat boats are used for a huge amount of maritime works including dive support, dredging support, cable and pipelaying, moorings and pilings, floating crane operations, fish farming, dry and liquid cargo carrying, oil spill response, wind farm support and towage. Meercat managing director Jason Coltman commented:

“The M18 was specifically designed to carry large amounts of cargo, up to 85 tonnes, and our best bollard pull to date of 12 tonnes, as well as offering superb all-round performance. The M18 is largest in our M range, but we can build bespoke vessels up to 24 metres or tailor existing workboats to suit the exact requirements of clients in our purpose-built workshops.”

Meercat relocated to its present purpose-built 1,600 square metre Hythe site in 2016. Facilities include two 20-tonne gantry cranes, a machine shop, an electrical workshop, a hydraulic workshop, aluminium welding bays and steel fabrication bays. The company says its order book continues to grow following a management buyout and backing from a private investor in 2017 to create an independent company employing 16 people following the demise of firm’s former parent company.