Briggs Marine Contractors Bolsters Fleet

The Forth Fighter after an extensive refit. The Forth Fighter after an extensive refit.

Briggs Marine Contractors has brought its comprehensive fleet of vessels, barges and related equipment back up to full complement following an extensive refit of the newly named Forth Fighter.

The vessel, formerly The Gemsar, received an extensive 12 month overhaul at Briggs' Burntisland facility in the Firth of Forth using the company's workforce and specialist contractors. The cost of the operation was approximately £450,000.

It was subject to a full overhaul including the stripping and rebuilding of the accommodation area, engine room and bridge.

In addition to this, the Forth Fighter's length was increased by 2m with its engines upgraded to two new 320hp units. New props were fitted to both propulsion shafts which were also stripped and replaced, and maximum thrust has been injected into the four bladed propellers by aligning them with new kort nozzles.

The vessel has also benefited from both a new generator and a cargo pump allowing it to deliver 90 tonnes of potable water up to a height of 35m, offering maximum flexibility to clients.

New deck equipment added to its features include a 15 tonne line pull handling winch, the latest Effer deck crane complete with a 5 tonne winch, and omni-directional sheaves.

Briggs Group managing director, Collieson Briggs said: 'The Gemsar previously provided an extremely high standard of service to clients but the Forth Fighter will enhance this provision.

'She is ideally suited to shallow water and heavy lift work and her low free board and heavy deck equipment equip her for all marine disciplines. Throughout the entire operation, we encouraged feedback from all involved to enable the company to achieve the 'optimum' operation vessel.'

Briggs Marine Contractors has also recently purchased the Forth Guardsman. 50m in length, 14.6m in breadth with a minimum working draft of 0.9m (maximum 2.1m), its shallow draft multi-purpose capability allows it to deliver fuel, water, oils bunkers and up to 860 tons of deck cargo.

Forth Guardsman's refit, which included upgrades to areas such as the hull, thrusters and generators and the recovery equipment installed on board makes it one of two vessels with Oil Recovery Certification to 600 tonnes operating in UK waters.

The vessel's versatility means it is capable of operating in very shallow water for pollution recovery purpose, and when required, can dry out on the beach, thus enhancing a response in remote areas.

MJ Information No: 17217

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