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Moving to the Mersey beat

Marine Specialised Technology Group (MST) has acquired the Carmet Shipyard from Carmet Tug Company at Bromborough on the banks of the River Mersey for an undisclosed sum.

MST will move its boat building, servicing and maintenance operations to the new site
during the second quarter of 2022, beginning a new chapter for the company which
was originally founded in 2002 in Liverpool and has been locally based ever since.

The shipyard was originally founded in 1974 by McTay Marine and produced 119 vessels before going into liquidation in 2015 and subsequently being taken over by local tug operator Carmet Marine.

MST secured the site during the second half of 2021 and has already embarked on 
a £1M refurbishment programme covering the entire 6.5-acre site with total refurbishment of the existing 80m main and 50m secondary boat-building halls, new offices, new carparking facilities and the erection of additional composite and fabrication facilities.

The new facilities boast 25T overhead travelling gantry cranes, a 90m 700 tonne slipway that launches directly into the River and a 100T WISE Amphibious Boat Travel Hoist which provides additional boat launch and recovery facilities and access onto the hard standing areas.

MST, a leading manufacturer and maintainer of high-speed boats for the global defence and security market, has a long-term plan for further investment which will see the facilities expanded and further enhanced to create a centre of excellence in the North West for small craft design, manufacture and service. 

Philip Hilbert, MST’s Sales Director, said, “We secured these new premises at just the right time as we embark on several major contracts for our flagship “HPB” High-Speed Patrol Boat range which have been, up until now, limited to a maximum 19m in length due to launching and logistical restrictions. The new larger facilities with its direct access to water now enables us to not only manufacture more craft at any one time but also to manufacture significantly larger vessels and we already have a 23m design being worked on as I speak”.

The new site’s direct water access is also a huge boost to the groups dedicated service and maintenance division MST Fleet Services which can now offer its services to much larger craft arriving by water. Substantial contracts have already been secured with local operators which, combined with the planned expansion of the company’s new build division, will be fuelling a significant recruitment drive over the remainder of 2022, bringing new jobs to the wider local area.

Exhibitor: MST Group
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