BK Marine operates a multi-role workboat charter fleet from its Shetland base serving the Scottish Isles as well as further afield in Norway. BK Marine purchased the Meercat MRV18 hull #31, namely BK Marjorie, as a new-build in 2017.

BK Marjorie is a Meercat MRV18 steel multi-role workboat designed primarily for heavy load carrying, crane operations and towing/pushing, and is also suited to port services, buoy maintenance, dredging support, pollution clean-up, diving and general marine construction works.

A few features makes the Meercat MRV18 unique in her class. She offers impressive load carrying capability due to its extended hull depth. The wide beam contributes to significant stability reserves, allowing for heavy lifting capacity with the onboard crane. A two-tier superstructure and extensive space below deck, allow ample space for welfare facilities and accommodation.

The upper-tier wheelhouse also provides excellent visibility of the working deck and for safely manoeuvring the vessel. An engine room, mess room and workshop/store with standing headroom allows for increased comfort below decks.

Built 2017 by Meercat Boats, Southampton
Registered Lerwick
Powered By 2 x Doosan V158TIH
Delivering 480 HP each
LOA 18.75m
Beam 8m
Moulded Depth 2.5m
Speed 9.5 knots
Lifting Capacity 3 tonnes@13m
Bollard Pull 12 tonnes
Deckload 85 tonnes


Gordon Williamson, MD at BK Marine comments, “Due to the demands of the Shetland coastline and our varied workload, the BK Marine fleet need to be robust and highly versatile. The Meercat M18 was undoubtedly our first choice of workboat when we came to selecting our next vessel. Two years on, we are still absolutely delighted with our Meercat’s performance, resilience and ability, as she has undertaken more varied operations than we had previously envisaged.”

He continues, “BK Marjorie is our first choice for lifting, fendering, towage, aquaculture support, surveying, diving and salvage. She is also highly fought over by our crews who find her a joy to handle!”


BK Marjorie and her crew cleaning salmon cages at Scottish Seafarms’ Dury Voe site¬†