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Red Ensign Workboat Services – Vessels available to charter for long or short term periods

All News General News Tuesday, 22nd November 2016


Explorer is a powerful and versatile workboat platform licensed to carry up to 12 passengers and 4 crew operated by Red Ensign Workboat Services.

Equipped with a 1 tonne Hiab hydraulic deck crane with an impressive outreach, a full width low freeboard transom for easy access to the cargo deck and able to transport an impressive 3 tonne distributed load. When deck space permits a RIB can be carried on board.

Underwater tasks are also a speciality; Red Ensign Workboat Services can rapidly mobilise Explorer fully equipped with a variety of observation class ROVs  (Remotely Operated Vehicles) and offers a fully integrated package in conjunction with Blue Rover ROV Services ( for all your underwater inspection, survey and observation needs.

Drawing only 1.5m ensures Explorer can navigate in the most challenging of locations; and when precision positioning is a key requirement the impressive fit out of the navigation bridge will ensure pinpoint accuracy. Fitted with twin ECDIS, dual radars along with a host of other sophisticated bridge equipment allows Explorer to operate in the poorest of visibility ensuring that your work requirements suffer the smallest of weather related delays.

Explorer’s highly qualified and experienced crews and task trained ROV operators specialise in providing quality, reliable and professional workboat, ROV and marine transport services. Whether it is a scheduled charter or a 24×7 emergency call out, with a high cruising speed and top speed of over 20knots arrival on station is quickly achieved.

Explorer, the perfect partner and support vessel for your civil marine engineering projects and other workboat requirements.


Osprey is sturdy and reliable general purpose launch, ideally suited to ferrying small items, acting as a safety boat or transporting personnel to and from shore.

Licensed to carry 6 passengers plus crew, Osprey is fitted with a compact galley, shower and toilet. Osprey is the ideal choice to use as a working base support vessel.

Fitted with a good standard of navigation equipment and powered by twin 150HP Iveco diesels that have proven to be rugged and reliable in service.


Able to transport 6 passengers plus small packages a RIB can be taken as a fast runabout to support on site work requirements. Alternatively use of a RIB for unexpected requirements is only a phone call away.

Sea Trident

Red Ensign Workboat Services is a fully managed subsidiary of Red Ensign Ltd and operates as a commercial trading organisation offering workboat and other associated services.

Headquartered on board mv Sea Trident, a former deep sea seismic survey ship, now moored in the river Medina, Cowes, Isle of Wight, the company offers versatile and professionally crewed vessels manned by experienced and well qualified personnel.

Comfortable accommodation, recreation lounges, freshly prepared food and meeting rooms are all available on board Sea Trident, ideal for projects where your on-site team are working away from base, saving you time, money and reducing project turnaround time.

All its staff and crews have a wealth of marine and engineering knowledge and are professionally qualified mariners with skills ranging from Able Seaman, Boatmaster, Chief Engineer through to MCA Foreign Going Master Mariners. Additionally all ROV operators are fully trained and experienced in global ROV operations.

If you are interested please contact Paul Morter on 01983 294088 or 07484 644 421, or by email:

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