Williams Shipping is expanding their fleet with another multicat Eurocarrier 2209.
Williams crew joined the vessel at Neptune Marine’s yard in Aalst, the Netherlands, and sailed to Southampton in February.
The Willchallenge is the latest version of a Eurocarrier 2209, built by Neptune.
Her specification includes all Caterpillar machinery, an HS Marine 185 tonnes /m hydraulic crane, a 50 tonnes anchor handling and towing winch and hydraulic anchor handling pins.
The accommodation is fitted out to a very high standard including fully airconditioned cabins for four crew.
She joins the Willendeavour, the other Eurocarrier 2209, and the fleet of Damen Stantugs and Meercat workboats.
“Willchallenge is versatile and powerful and has already generated a lot of interest from customers keen to take advantage of her capabilities,” said Philip Williams, Managing Director – Marine at Williams Shipping.
Williams Shipping is a family business established by George Williams in 1894, now run by the fourth and fifth generations of the Williams family.
George converted an ex-Royal Navy pinnace into a sailing barge and carried loads such as building materials and grain across the south coast of England and to the Isle of Wight.