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Multirole workboat builder, Meercat Boats, scores a hat trick

Thursday, 10th October 2019

Meercat Boats has scored a hat trick. Meercat Boats, whose headquarters are in Hythe Marine Park, adjacent to the Port of Southampton, is currently host to three Meercat MRVs; with one Meercat ready for sale, another Meercat in for her refit and survey, and another being a Meercat landing craft, which is also at the yard ready for charter.

The 15m MRV Toploader is in at Meercat HQ for a refit and refurbishment, in readiness for her pending sale to mainland Europe, where she will undertake general workboat duties in addition to mooring, ship servicing, dive support and civil engineering operations.

Sarnia, the new Meercat MRV15, being built for Guernsey Harbours, is receiving her final touches, having successfully completed her sea trials. Following delivery to the Channel Islands, the Meercat team will attend a naming ceremony for this prestigious vessel.

The new Meercat MRV Sarnia has been customised to specifically match Guernsey Harbours’ requires, being to deliver the best number of port and harbour servicing operations achievable in one vessel; for which Meercat Boats successful won a tender process.

The 22m landing craft, MRV22LC, Toplander, which is owned and operated by Topbond plc, is currently berthed at Meercat in Southampton, ready to depart on her next charter, where she will primarily operate in aquaculture support and port maintenance.

From its purpose-built facility, Meercat Boats has a range of offerings to support any operator including; new-build design and construction, servicing and repair of workboats and commercial craft, as well as large-scale refit and refurbishments of steel, aluminium and composite commercial and leisure craft.

John Buck, Meercat Boats’ Business Manager, comments, “Meercat Boats’ facilities and team are ideally positioned to fully support the workboat market throughout the life of a vessel. Meercat’s longstanding team-members have an impressive ten-year pedigree having built many vessels, all of which are in active commercial service across the globe. Our builds and standard of craftmanship are regarded as best-of-breed, hence why we are the first choice of so many vessel operators including the likes of BAE Systems and, of course, Guernsey Harbours.”

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