Meercat Workboat for BAE

We often think that civilian shipbuilding in the UK is something to read about in history books but for smaller vessels like workboats, RIB’s and service craft that thought could not be further from the truth. There is actually a vibrant, innovative and very successful small craft industry in the UK, helped on by offshore energy developments like wind farms, and the leisure market.

One such innovative manufacturer is Meercat Workboats based in Trafalgar Wharf in Portchester, on the south coast.

Their specialism is road transportable workboats.

Great to see that BAE will now be using a Meercat workboat for diver support;

Specialist divers from BAE Systems will use the bespoke 15-metre craft at the base – the home of Great Britain’s Royal Navy – for underwater maintenance, repairs and inspections on Royal Navy vessels and installations, including waterfront jetties. The new workboat will include a twin Doosan L136Ti engine with a 33Kva generator and a three-phase compressor. Its AMCO-VEBA crane is capable of lifting 790kg at a very generous 14.1 metres, whilst its full hydraulic hand tool capability is provided by a separate JCB hydraulic engine. With a fully integrated Dive X high pressure diving system, the vessel will have full communications capabilities and video compatibility

The new boat is called the Tedworth and will replace the 30 year old Hamble Guardian, click the image to read more;

FireShot Capture - New boat Tedworth will keep the fleet i_ - http___www.portsmouth.co.uk_news_def

This type of craft is incredibly versatile, am surprised there are non in service with the armed forces.

I never get fed up of writing about British engineering success.

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Tukhachevskii
Tukhachevskii
July 22, 2015 12:04 pm

I wonder if the deck could handle a 120mm mortar or a 105mm light gun? Would be very useful for riverine warfare.

Engineer Tom
Engineer Tom
July 22, 2015 12:36 pm

Pair of mini guns and an automatic grenade launcher, portable ballistic shields to protect all 3 firing positions and a couple of ready use lockers. Job done.

Ron5
Ron5
July 22, 2015 3:30 pm

Didn’t realize Portsmouth harbor was that dangerous

Engineer Tom
Engineer Tom
July 22, 2015 3:40 pm

Gosport is clearly poised to invade at any moment.

Deja Vu
Deja Vu
July 22, 2015 4:47 pm

Exacter ?

x
x
July 22, 2015 5:20 pm

Nice to see Meerkat in the press. :)

@ TD

Could you please remove my name from the e-mail updates please? Thanks in advance.

Peter L
Peter L
July 23, 2015 8:06 pm

Forget the guns. For something that’s in existance in the UK and therefore available to be requisitioned via STUFT in case of emergency it looks like a passable landing craft. How much does it carry?

ao1
ao1
July 24, 2015 4:44 pm

slightly off topic – but fold out bridge

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33625724

the big questions – could it fit in a container :)