Having arrived from Holland under tow on Saturday the latest addition to the Livett’s fleet was already hard at work by the Tuesday morning. Previously owned by Herbosch-Kiere and now operating as a jointly badged venture with Livett’s on the Thames this is a welcome addition to river Thames marine engineering fleet.
The Scheldemond I is a multi-purpose heavy lift boat with crane and deck area and came across with an accompanying barge which provides additional load carrying space – the barge wasn’t used for this particular job.
Over the weekend she has had Livett’s badges and flag applied and this morning visited the KGV lock to load two ‘cherry-pickers’ and some scaffolding to be taken up river to a work site in London.
As the equipment was loaded on board Scheldemond I took on a bit of a lean but nothing that was any cause for concern.
A video of part of the loading operation can be seen here.
She is a very maneuverable vessel and easily reversed out of the lock and in to the river where she spun within her own length to then head up stream.
More pictures can be seen here.