Briggs Marine gets a new addition
Scottish marine contractor Briggs Marine and Environmental Services has further strengthened its marine operations capabilities with the addition of a new 25m multicat to its fleet.
The Forth Trojan is powered by two Caterpillar 3508TA main engines with a total power of 1558 bhp for a bollard pull of 23.5 tonnes and speed of 9.8 knots. Briggs Marine purchased the 25.37m multicat from Smit Transport Europe. The vessel was previously known as Smit Bever and was constructed in the Netherlands by Scheepswerf Damen Bergum BV in 1995.
The Forth Trojan has been in operation since August and has recently been engaged in barge handling operations in connection with Great Yarmouth outer harbour works. Its acquisition takes Briggs Marine’s fleet to over 40 vessels making the company one of the largest operators of workboat vessels in the UK. The company’s fleet includes multicats, tugs, crane barges, survey boats and anchor handling vessels.
Collieson Briggs, managing director, Briggs Marine and Environmental Services, said: “Over the past five years Briggs Marine has made over £20m capital investment in expanding and upgrading our fleet. This investment reflects our commitment to continually improving and enhancing our vessel offering in order to consistently deliver quality, safety and vessel versatility to our clients.”
Briggs Marine recently lent its expertise to an operation to recover a wrecked motor cruiser off the coast of Fife in Scotland. The 52ft vessel, known as MV Princess Pauline, ran aground at high tide near Crail in July after missing a course alteration. The vessel had recently undergone a complete refurbishment by a new private owner following over 50 years’ service as an RNLI lifeboat, under the name of Princess Alexandra of Kent.
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