Thames based marine engineering company CPBS Marine Services recently added a new multi-purpose vessel to their fleet named Bulldog and on what is believed to be its first commercial tasking it visited the King George V lock in the Royal Docks to load some equipment.
Designed and built in the Netherlands she is ideal for working inland waterways such as the Thames and has a large deck area for transporting material or to be used as a workspace and she is also fitted with a crane and winches.
Another feature of this type of vessel is that the wheelhouse is mounted on a hydraulic lift which provides clear sightlines at the worksite but also reduces the headroom required for passing under bridges on the tidal Thames.
The KGV Lock was an idea location for Bulldog’s first loading operation as the enclosed waters provided a wash-free environment for the crew to familiarise themselves with the operation of the vessel without impacting on other river users.
Once loaded with a variety of equipment and materials it was back out on the river and off to work.