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Goodchild Marine celebrate bumper year of success at Seawork

Tuesday, 24th July 2018

Boat builders Goodchild Marine have branded Seawork 2018 the best yet. During the three-day show, the Norfolk-based company celebrated two handovers, a new contract and the company’s 40th anniversary.

News that Goodchild Marine will build the UK’s first ORC 136.HY hybrid pilot boat for the Port of London Authority was also highlighted by Tony Birr, Business Development Manager, who gave a presentation on hybrid power.

And Alan Goodchild, Managing Director, was presented with British Marine’s Peter Millward Award for his voluntary contribution to BM associations, after serving as chairman of the Commercial Marine Association for eight years.

Peter Millward owned Teddesley Boat Company and was the chairman of the Association of Pleasure Craft Operators (APCO), which he led into British Marine.

APCO started life as a standalone association, but was renamed during a re-brand as British Marine Inland Boating, which represents the interests of the members involved in inland boat hire operations and supporting services.

Peter also restructured the dormant British Marine Federation Midlands Association and became chair, before he sadly died of cancer.

Alan said: “I was very honoured to be presented with the award during Seawork. Peter Millward made a real difference during his marine career and it is humbling to think that British Marine feel that I am worthy of such an accolade.”

Seawork saw Goodchild Marine showcase the ORC 136 pilot boat on the pontoon, the first of its kind in the country, which was officially handed over to Estuary Services Limited.

Also displayed was a 14.5-metre aluminium Crew Transfer Vessel, received by Commercial Rib Charter.

A new order from Briggs Marine to build two further ORC 136 pilot boats was announced, along with a drinks reception to mark the partnership between the two companies.

During the event Goodchild Marine held an anniversary dinner to celebrate its milestone year with partners and collaborators.
Steve Pierce, General Manager of Goodchild Marine, said 2018 had been one of the best years in business so far.

“We invested in a new stand this year to mark our 40th anniversary and it was well worth it - Alan’s award was the icing on the cake and thoroughly deserved.

“There was a continual hive of activity during the show, lots of positive interaction and we are now looking forward to engaging with people about various projects that we may be able to assist with.”
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