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VESSEL CHARTERING Fulfilling an industry need


Formed in 2010 as part of a joint venture with the Director of Sub Aqua diving Services Middlesbrough, UK-based B Marshall Marine Ltd was created with one particular aim – the self-financing and construction of a vessel designed specifically for offshore diving support.


According to B Marshall Marine, this sector has suffered from a distinct ‘lack of tailor-made dive support craft of the right size’, especially when it comes to activities related to offshore renewable energy, survey work and general repair and maintenance tasks.


OPTIMISED-FOR-PURPOSE VESSEL This optimised-for-purpose vessel was realised in the form of Curtis Marshall, which left the blocks in March 2015 and is available for charter.


Despite her small dimensions, the vessel has been likened to ‘the Tardis’, Dr Who’s famous time-travelling police box, for the sheer amount of facilities she has managed to incorporate into her compact frame.


SPECIFICATIONS As an example, the 26m craft features…


• Eight double berth cabins • Spacious, eight-seat galley • Utility area • Communal mess room


All enabling a high degree of comfort. This is an essential factor, given that Curtis Marshall has been designed to be capable of three weeks’ worth of self-sufficient sea time.


WORKING PLATFORM


The vessel’s safe and reliable working platform comprises…


• Onboard decompression chamber • Integrated dive control • The capability to transfer ballast water between either of the two aft tanks and the forward tank


• Four-point mooring system ADDITIONAL FEATURES


The craft is also equipped with a bespoke walkabout control system, which is detachable from the helm position and which can be used to control all four mooring winches, steering, propulsion and the bow thruster.


OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY With the offshore windfarm support sector in mind, the vessel has also been fitted with a customised bow fender, to protect the boat when it is pushing onto the wind turbine.


The craft’s fender incorporates load cells for turbine load monitoring, for both the peace of mind of crew and as a means of logging and producing data for client records.


FUEL ECONOMY Unlike many larger dive support vessels, Curtis Marshall’s compact nature provides the additional bonus of fuel economy – the vessel drinks a comparatively low rate of 130litres per hour.


B Marshall Marine Ltd


www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


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