A leading manufacturer of steel multi-role workboats, Meercat Boats, is reporting a rapidly expanding order book and customer base.

Hampshire-based Meercat, which employs 16 people at Hythe Marine Park, Southampton has received confirmed orders that include an oil spill response vessel for Europe, a 22-metre landing craft for a Scottish fish farm and an 18-metre utility vessel for the Shetland Islands.

Recent builds have included the 15-metre, heavy equipment carrying Meercat for Associated British Ports, which operates in Southampton Water.

Meercat Boats relocated to its present purpose built 1,600 sq m Hythe site in 2016. Facilities include two 20-tonne gantry cranes, a machine shop, an electrical workshop, a hydraulic workshop, aluminium welding bays and steel fabrication bays.