Meercat Work-boat Workhorse

By George Backwell at January 05, 2013 04:03
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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]

R&D Advances in Hydrogen Fuel Storage Technology Promise Green Benefits

By George Backwell at September 11, 2011 05:18
Filed Under: Research & Development
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]

Volvo Penta IPS1050 Pods Powering Performer

By Jocelyn Redfern at November 06, 2010 21:22
Filed Under: Company News
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]

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