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Serco puts 30th new vessel to work on The Clyde

Published: 13 May 2016

Serco’s Marine Services team has brought into service its 30th new vessel. SD Angeline is now operating on the River Clyde in support of Serco’s contract to provide marine services to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) in Scotland.

SD Angeline, which is based at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, has been designed to conduct lifts on and off submarines berthed alongside and at the Base.  A MOD-owned, Serco-operated workboat, she was built to MOD specification by the international shipyard group Damen.

Measuring 25 metres in length, with a gross tonnage of 200 and crew of three, this highly capable vessel boasts a number of bespoke design features that offer broad utility to the Royal Navy including two cranes and large fuel and potable water storage tanks for supporting warships.

Serco has worked in close partnership with both MOD Defence Marine Services (DMS) and HM Naval Base Clyde to develop the new workboat. The joint team was led by DMS Team Leader, Sally Jones and the vessel has been named in honour of her late mother.

SD Angeline is the 30th new vessel that Serco has introduced into service since winning the current Marine Services contract in 2008. The company now boasts a total fleet of 114 vessels - 24 of which are run from Scottish sites - making it the UK’s largest operator of British flagged vessels.

Phil Ireland, Serco’s Contract Manager (Scotland) said: “For the past 18 years, Serco has proudly provided round-the-clock support to the Royal Navy in Scotland. We worked in close partnership with Defence Marine Services and the Naval Base team to design, build and bring SD Angeline into operational service and are enjoying working with our various stakeholders at HMNB Clyde towards realising the full spread of this impressive vessel’s capabilities.”