Bowcrest Marine Ltd from Gosport in the UK, together with its long term associate ESB Shipbuilding, successfully launched the new Multiship 800 multipurpose workboat at Seawork 2009.
Bowcrest Marine Ltd from Gosport in the UK, together with its long term associate ESB Shipbuilding, successfully launched the new Multiship 800 multipurpose workboat at Seawork 2009. The concept for this vessel came about as a direct result of an enquiry from UK based Land & Water Ltd. who needed a vessel to fulfil certain design requirements.
After meeting with Land & Water, ESB Shipbuilding & Bowcrest Marine Ltd developed the 800 version of their highly successful Multiship 1500. Within two weeks plans were ready and the build was commenced in March 2009. The vessel was completed in record time, only three months from start to finish, and was shown for the first time at Seawork, where it was demonstrated and put through some extremely robust manoeuvres by her designer Loek Bijleveld and Pieter de Jong.
As a result of these successful trials, Land & Water have chartered the vessel for deployment in the UK for a period of 40 weeks.
The Multiship 800, like its bigger brother the 1500, was originally brought to life as a 'Lorry on Water'. The intention was always to build an absolutely no nonsense, very tough, reliable and highly versatile workhorse which can be road transported, lifted into the water and be ready to work.
This is the first Multiship to come to the UK and Bowcrest are hoping that it will open the door to many others being ordered and used on the inland waters of the UK. The vessel is ideal for rivers, canals, harbours, marinas" and is so competitively priced that even in these difficult times the vessel is unbelievable value for money. Being built in Holland, the quality of the steel work is second to none and the very favourable response that it received at Seawork reinforced Bowcrest's commitment and belief that a quality product can be delivered at a sensible price.
Tony Charman managing director of Bowcrest Marine Ltd. said 'Seawork allowed us to really show what this great little vessel can do, so who knows - maybe next year we will bring her big brother with the 800 on the deck. That may well be a first at the show.'