A small Australian boat builder is further demonstrating their workboat design and build capabilities with the delivery of another vessel to operate in the Port of Gladstone.
Over the past twelve years, Queensland-based aluminium boat builder BTB Marine has built and delivered thirteen workboats, fast landing craft and other commercial vessels built specifically for marine duties in busy Gladstone harbour.
The latest new build “ECLIPSE”, an 8-metre offshore line handling vessel, was delivered to new owners RC Marine last week, their fourth workboat order from BtB Marine for their Gladstone fleet.
RC Marine Director Col Andersen said: “The safety of our crew and respect for our environment are key issues for us, and BtB Marine have gone above and beyond to accommodate specific applications required to carry out some of the most challenging work in the Gladstone region.
“BtB have a can-do attitude which gives them a great edge,”
ECLIPSE is a functional and seaworthy design powered by a 320Hp Mercury diesel 4.2L motor, and was built in BtB Marine’s Hervey Bay workshop.
BtB Marine General Manager Chris Hough said the company was always looking for better ways to build cost effective vessels.
Hough said: “Reliability and practicality are paramount issues for fleet operators, and our vessels continually deliver minimal maintenance downtime for them.
“Ports as busy as Gladstone need reliable, efficient workboats to perform a wide range of duties.”
ECLIPSE joins BtB Marine-built sister ships RAHAJA an 8m line handling workboat and COLANDO a 12m fast landing craft in RC Marine’s fleet. A fourth RC Marine vessel operated in PNG.
Picture: BTB Marine
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