Briggs Marine is delighted to announce the commissioning of another pilot launch, growing their fleet of ORCs to 6 and targeting a market where demand is currently outstripping supply.
This latest investment will enable Briggs Marine to offer charter opportunities for pilot launches, a service which, the company believes, will continue to grow as many ports struggle with ageing fleets.
The new pilot launch has been designed to be road transportable, allowing Briggs Marine to be highly reactive to customers’ timescales and achieve greater fuel efficiency when transporting the vessel longer distances.
“We are delighted to be providing Briggs with an ORC 121 which is a 12m long vessel. We have previously supplied ORC 171’s and ORC 136’s but this vessel is shorter enabling it to be road transportable” advised Steven Pierce, of Goodchild Marine who will be manufacturing and delivering the vessel to Briggs Marine in 2023.
Steven continued “The other benefit to this vessel of course, is that the semi displacement hull design of the ORC is about 40% more fuel efficient than counterparts of similar size, helping to reduce emissions.”
In the lead up to celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Briggs Marine continue to upgrade its assets and work towards reducing the environmental impact of the fleet.
Making the announcement, General Manager Rob Baker commented “We are extremely pleased to confirm that Briggs Marine is continuing to invest in its fleet. This latest project will enable current and future customers more modern and efficient pilot launch options.
This is the sixth pilot launch we’ve commissioned with Goodchild Marine in the last 8 years. The first five vessels have enabled us to provide first-class pilot services in the port of Liverpool and this service is now extended to other customers through this charter opportunity”