Boat mooring maintenance; dredging operations; dive and civil engineering work; cable and pipe laying; a floating crane platform to get in where larger, deeper-draft vessels are denied access – all are within the scope of a multi-purpose, Jack-of-All-Trades workboat from UK shipbuilders Meercat Workboats. In addition, this workboat is fully transportable by road trailer.
Workboat 'Skua': Photo credit Meercat Workboats
Recently Meercat delivered their first asymmetric workboat prototype ‘Skua’ (twin-hulled with 3m and 4m hulls on starboard and port sides respectively) to Matt and Paul Dorman, principals of specialised mooring contractors Strangford Moorings in Northern Ireland, who specifically needed a 7.5 tonne winch and bow-roller to be permanently rigged on the centre-line in addition to a powerful ‘Iron Fist’ 40 tonne / metre marine deck crane. ‘Assymmetric’ as different length custom-built hulls turned out to be the only way to achie... [More]
Hydrogen is an excellent, carbon free, water-bound (and thus cheap) fuel-source easily convertible to electricity through fuel cells, ideal as a power source for workboats, barges and recreational craft. But storage of the gas is a problem.In gas form hydrogen has to be stored either at high pressure or else at a very low temperature. Researchers seek a more convenient, safer alternative storage solution for this ideal fuel; one, already proven effective, is to store the hydrogen in chemical form and two developments in the field are highlighted here.
Experimental Barge Ross Barlow: Photo credit – Roger Kidd
Hydrogen-fuelled Barge Ross BarlowThree years’ development work on the canal longboat Ross Barlow by a team at UK’s University of Birmingham was recently spotlighted in news released by The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA – German acronym for ‘Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forsch... [More]
The offshore wind workboat Performer will soon be delivered to Northern Offshore Services in Sweden and will go straight into duty in an offshore wind power park south of Denmark. [More]