Meercat To Refit Dive Support Vessel

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'Tedworth' has twin Doosan L136Ti engines with a 33Kva generator and a three-phase compressor. Image: Meercat Workboats

Posted December 10, 2019

Meercat Boats has been chosen to refit a specialist dive support vessel, which operates out of Portsmouth Naval Base in the UK.

The refit of BAE Systems’ 15m long twin screw Meercat multi role vessel (MRV) includes the Meercat’s out of water five-year survey in accordance with the MCA’s MGM 280 Workboat Code. The work will also include hull clean and preparation of painting, removal of props and shafts, cleaning of deck area, and modification to deck equipment.

Tedworth is operated by BAE Systems and used for specialist diving operations at Portsmouth Naval Base for underwater maintenance, repairs and inspections on the Royal Navy’s vessels and installations and jetties.

The vessel has twin Doosan L136Ti engines with a 33Kva generator and a three-phase compressor, achieving 460hp in total with a free running speed of 9.5 knots. Tedworth’s AMCO-VEBA crane is capable of lifting 790kg at 14.1m, plus she has a full hydraulic hand tool capability provided by a separate JCB hydraulic engine.

Tedworth, which has a deck cargo capacity of 16t, also has full digital communications capabilities with video compatibility, and a fully integrated HP Surface Supplied high pressure Divex diving system, enabling her to support three divers in the water simultaneously.

Meercat Boats, which operates from its Southampton shipyard, delivered the Meercat MRV15 bespoke dive multirole vessel to BAE Systems Ltd in 2015.

By Rebecca Jeffrey