Category: Press

Meercat Boats On A Crest Of A Wave

Meercat Boats On A Crest Of A Wave

A manufacturer of workboats is reporting a rapidly expanding order book and customer base after becoming a stand-alone business. Hampshire-based Meercat, which employs 16 people at Hythe Marine Park, Southampton, now has enough work to last beyond the end of next year. A management buyout in November secured the future of the firm as a… Read more »

Latest Meercat Stock vessel launched and ready for sale

Meercat Workboats MC29 Launch

Meercat Workboats have just launched their latest stock vessel ‘Carolyn’ (named after our lovely administrator) and sea acceptance tests are now underway and going extremely well. Hull number MC29 as it is known whilst in build was launched last week at our new facilities in Hythe and has since passed the commissioning phase with sea… Read more »

Meercat Workboats commence new build for Associated British Ports.

  Meercat Workboats laid down the keel on their latest designed 15m Workboat for Associated British Ports, Southampton, with the Harbour Master, Martin Phipps welding the first plate. The latest design incorporates an increased moulded depth, providing close to 30 tonnes cargo capacity. Scantlings have been reviewed to provide an increased deck strength and a… Read more »

We Move, Deliver Two New Builds and Secure a 15m Order

Meercat Workboats has this month moved from Portchester to new, purpose built premises in Hythe Marine Park, Southampton. To coincide with the move the company’s management team has been restructured, two new vessels have been delivered and one new order confirmed. The new site is 1,600 sqm, has two 20-tonne gantry cranes, a machine shop,… Read more »

Cattewater Harbour Commissioners Contract Win For Meercat

UK boatbuilder, Meercat Workboats of Portchester, has beaten competition from across Europe to secure an important contract to build its 24th newbuild vessel. The 14m multi-purpose workboat will be built for Cattewater Harbour Commissioners (CHC), one of the harbour authorities at Plymouth in Devon and the largest port in the South West of the UK. James… Read more »

Meercat Launches Tedworth Dive Boat for BAE Systems

A specialist dive support vessel built by UK-based Meercat Workboats has been launched at Portsmouth Naval Base. Meercat, which is based at Trafalgar Wharf in Portchester, near Portsmouth, completed the dive boat for BAE Systems Ltd with funding from the Ministry of Defence. Specialist divers from BAE Systems will use the bespoke 15-metre craft at… Read more »

Warship and Super-yacht Repair Firm Raises £11m Funding

British marine engineering firm Burgess Marine Limited, which provides ship maintenance and repair services for everything from Royal Navy warships to commercial ferries and super-yachts, has secured £11m in funding from UK private equity investor RJD Partners. Burgess is based in Dover and operates from seven strategic locations along the South coast of England as… Read more »

Meercat Workboats Delivers Vessel to Dawnfresh Farming

Meercat Workboats Ltd., Portsmouth, U.K. announced that it has delivered its first vessel named the Falls of Lora. It is a 14 m steel workboat for Scottish fish farming specialist Dawnfresh Farming. The vessel is now at Dawnfresh’s trout farming operation on Loch Etive, where it is being used for general fish farm maintenance with… Read more »

Ship Repairer Swoops For Meercat Workboats

Burgess Marine, which claims to be Britain’s largest independent ship repairer, has acquired Hampshire-based Meercat Workboats. Meercat currently builds custom road transportable multi-role workboats up to 18 metres in length at its yard in Portchester. The company will retain its own brand name. Burgess Marine, which has its headquarters in Dover, is already building two… Read more »

Burgess Marine Buys Meercat Workboats

An independent ship repairer with significant operations across the South West has acquired Hampshire-based Meercat Workboats. Burgess Marine, which has facilities in Poole, Avonmouth and Devonport, purchased Meercat, which currently builds custom road transportable multi-role workboats up to 18 metres in length at its yard in Portchester. The company will retain its own brand name…. Read more »