A new harbour assistance vessel has been ordered for a UK port just two months before Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Briggs Marine and Environmental Services has ordered a line handling vessel from a Turkish shipyard for operations in the east of England.
Med Marine will build the 14-m vessel at its Ereğli Shipyard in Turkey to a design by Tomay Ship Design.
This vessel will have 10 tonnes of bollard pull and will operate in the Humber Estuary after its delivery, scheduled for October 2019.
It will have a draught of 2 m and breadth, including fenders, of 5.5 m.
This line handling vessel will be propelled by two Volvo Penta D13 main engines with a total output of 736 kW driving two four-bladed, nozzle, aluminium-bronze propellers, of 900 mm diameter, through two ZF W350-1 gear boxes. The steering gear will be two Data Hidrolik DDS 290 S.
The UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March, but the UK Parliament is undecided on the type of withdrawal deal to agree on. There will be another vote on 29 January on amendments and alternatives that could have considerable bearing on the outcome of Brexit.