The vessel is 15.5m LOA, and 6m beam. Fabrication is well under way at Meercat’s Portchester facility in Portsmouth with Briggs Marine to take to delivery later this year.
The workboat has been configured to facilitate a deck cargo capacity of 20 tonnes and a liquid cargo capacity of sum 2 x 10000 litres; with 2 x Doosan main engines and a BETA Marine 21kVA generator.
This sale represents the second Meercat built for Briggs Marine and the sixth Meercat built by the business since Burgess Marine acquired Meercat Workboats in September 2014.
It is also 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.
Jamie said: “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 we 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.”
Nicholas Warren, the Managing Director of Burgess Marine, added: “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.”
Financial details were not disclosed.
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Burgess Marine is at the forefront of the specialised marine engineering industry, having earned a worldwide reputation as experts in all aspects of 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, Devonport, and within STP Palma the business is ideally located not only to support the UK’s largest passenger ports, but also shipping in general throughout the United Kingdom and Superyacht’s based in Mallorca.
From its head office in Dover, Burgess Marine also provides highly skilled teams capable of carrying out planned refits and emergency works worldwide, having worked extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Far East, North America, South America and the Caribbean.
The combined marine engineering experience of the Directors and Technical Management within Burgess Marine exceeds some 250 years; it is this level of knowledge and experience, together with complete commitment, that gives customers total peace of mind and Burgess Marine the leading edge.
Burgess Marine is an ISO 9001:2008 British Standards Institute accredited company and holds ‘DNV Approved Supplier’ status; the company is also a full member of the Association of Diving Contractors.
Burgess Marine is the sole owner of Meercat Workboats Ltd and Trafalgar Yacht Management Ltd.