Williams Shipping has expanded its fleet of multipurpose towing and logistics support vessels in the UK with a new multicat workboat
The family-run tug and workboat owner has taken delivery of Willchallenge, a Bureau Veritas-classed multipurpose vessel from Netherlands-based Neptune Marine.
Willchallenge was built to Neptune’s Eurocarrier 2209 design with 14.8 tonnes of bollard pull, a speed of 11 knots, overall length of 22 m, breadth of 9 m and shallow draught of just 2 m. It is designed to perform a wide variety of marine operations, including general towage, survey and research work, supplying fuel and water, equipment transport and supporting marine construction projects.
“Willchallenge is versatile and powerful and has already generated a lot of interest from customers keen to take advantage of its capabilities,” said Williams Shipping managing director for marine Philip Williams.
Neptune built and assembled the hull and outfitted Willchallenge at its shipyard in Aalst, the Netherlands. It installed two Caterpillar C18 main engines and two Caterpillar C4.4 generator sets.
Willchallenge’s engines each generate 447 kW of power at 1,800 rpm and drive two 135-cm diameter propellers through Twin Disc gearboxes. Hydraulic power on board is provided by two 55-kW electric motors, driven by both generators.
Deck machinery includes a 50-tonne, split-drum winch for anchor handling and vessel towing, and a 10-tonne tugger winch. It also has a Heila 140-4S deck crane on the fore deck and a wide bow-roller, fitted in combination with hydraulically operated wire-guide pins.
Neptune said, “the inside space has been divided in the most optimal way possible”. There are three cabins, a bathroom and shower below deck with accommodation for six seafarers.
“The wheelhouse provides good space for the crew, but also space for survey equipment,” said Neptune. “The wheelhouse provides an excellent view around the complete vessel.”
UK-based Williams Shipping is a marine and logistics company founded in 1894. It operates a diverse fleet of 27 tugboats, pusher tugs, multicats, barges and other workboats.
Williams Shipping provides a broad range of marine and logistics services, including vessel charter, port services, transport and logistics, marine lubricants distribution, and container hire and sales from strategically located bases in Southampton and Milford Haven.
In Q1 2021, Williams Shipping expanded its facilities in Wales to support renewable energy, including offshore windfarm construction projects.
Neptune operates shipbuilding and repair facilities in Hardinxveld, Aalst and Groningen, the Netherlands.
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