Oil can affect freshwater and marine environments

We are a business that primarily focuses on supplying marine plant, work boats, and safety boats to its clients. However, we also have an oil spill response team ready to go when a client needs it. The people in our employ are experienced and fully trained for handling situations like these. They will deal with any contaminants effectively and professionally.

Spills can happen anywhere

Oil spill responseWhen oil spills come to mind, we typically think of tankers that have spilled their cargo. This is most common at sea. However, it is possible for oil to spill on land too. This can reach wetlands, rivers, and lakes. It can cause a huge amount of harm here.

We refer to saltwater bodies like oceans as marine environments. As for rivers, lakes, and additional inland bodies of water, we call them freshwater environments. Luckily there are ways to clean each of these if there is an oil spill.

Oil is more than capable of spilling into any aquatic environment. When it does, it is able to harm organisms residing around or on the water surface. It is the same for those that live underwater. Another possibility is oil harming parts of the food chain. This even includes human food sources.

Natural actions

Another point to make is that natural actions are constantly at work within aquatic settings. They can lower the danger of an oil spill. In addition, they are capable of speeding up the recovery of a location that has been affected. Examples of natural actions would be emulsification, weathering, and oxidation.

However, you should not rely solely on natural actions to take care of a problem. Instead, you should get in touch with a professional, skilful team that has experience in this area.

Come to us for oil spill response services

At Safety Boat Services, we make certain our response team is ready to go within minutes. After all, work of this nature demands a rapid response time. To aid in our efforts, we also use a wide variety of SOPEP equipment.

If you would like to know more about our oil spill response service, feel free to contact us. We have an excellent track record and clients can rely on us.

Explaining how our equipment hire service works

Safety Boat Services operates throughout the UK and Europe to provide essential services to clients. This includes marine construction plant & equipment hire. Having spent many years serving our industry, there is not much that is out of our reach.

Plant list

There is plenty to find in our list of plant. This includes sand blasting and spraying gear, diesel welding generators, and a 150cfm Diesel compressor. There are also lifting bags ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 tonnes and airlifts. On top of this, we have all general construction tools as well as the equipment associated with them.


Marine construction plant & equipment hire Our team has the ability to mobilise this equipment anywhere within the UK. Better still, we can do this at short notice. Everything takes place on Shifter. This is the name of our 18 knot landing craft. She comes equipped with a 5 tonne crane. We have coded the craft for 20nm. This is from safe haven night or day. We are able to beach or anchor Shifter close to the high water mark. It is also possible to work from the craft as a base that is fully contained. If the need arises, we can even carry a tracked vehicle onboard.

Reasons in favour of hiring

If you are currently uncertain whether you should hire equipment, allow us to tell you the advantages of doing so. For one thing, you will be able to access high calibre plant and other tools more easily. If you were to outright purchase it, you might find things a little too expensive. Hiring is cost effective and is the best option if you only need the equipment for one job. Last but not least, you will be hiring items we take care of and ensure they are fit for purpose.

Easy marine construction plant & equipment hire

At Safety Boat Services, we are here to offer the greatest service we can for each and every client. At all times, we follow IMO guidelines to the letter. Furthermore, we charge very fair prices for our assistance. Whether you need equipment for the short term or a longer period, we can cater for you.

If you would like to learn more about our marine construction plant & equipment hire, please let us know. We will ensure you get everything you need.

What a skipper is and what they do

Safety Boat Services operates all over the UK and in parts of Europe. Among other things we can supply clients with a first rate skipper & crew hire service. We have more than 25 years of experience behind us. As a result, we have a lot of knowledge and can cater for any unique needs. In addition, we make sure our people follow the IMO guidelines while they are at work.

If you are new to travelling by boat, chances are you don’t know what a skipper is. Luckily, we are here to explain all the finer points of skippers and skipper charter. This can help to show why you need to hire a professional for any kind of marine construction job, including crew transport.

What does a skipper do?

With skipper charter, you rent a boat alongside a professional crew. Within the crew, there is a captain/skipper who holds responsibility for manoeuvring the vehicle. In many instances, other crew members shall be present to assist them too. Skippered charter is what you would typically employ for bigger boats. Here, you will normally require a captain/skipper with experience as well as documented special nautical skills.

Benefits to working with skippers

Skipper & crew hireThere are several advantages to working with a skipper. For example, they have the skills to manoeuvre the boat with precision. This can make it easier to dock at various points, including tricky offshore installations.

The biggest advantage of choosing a professional skipper is the amount of experience they have. This gives them the knowledge of how, when, and why. They understand the weather conditions, local waters, and culture far more than anyone else. This can result in a far better and much safer service.

It is also the skipper that shall carry the burden of ensuring the crew and boat is safe. With that in mind you want the right person, ensuring they are reliable and competent.

The best source of skipper & crew hire

At Safety Boat Services, we see to it that the right people are there handling your boat. This is true whether it is a work vessel, survey boats, vessels policing exclusion zones, or crew transport. The people on our teams come with all the required certificates like VHF, Sea Survival, and First Aid.

If you want to use our skipper & crew hire service yourself, please get in touch with us. We hope to hear from you soon.

The valuable purpose behind guard vessels

We live in an age where “being green” is something more and more people are trying to accomplish. Consequently, the offshore renewable industry is growing. You would however be forgiven for not instantly recognising the connection this has with guard vessels and why they are so crucial. At Safety Boat Services, we recognise their importance as this is one of the services we offer among others such as survey vessels.

A Necessity

Look no further than Safety Boat Services for first rate near shore and intertidal solutions. We offer survey vessels, guard vessels and more so call now.

There are many areas of danger with offshore wind farm construction. As a result, they typically enforce exclusion zones around the structures and the installation vessels. The specifics for the exclusion zones get published in a local notice to the Mariners bulletin. However, not everyone who uses the water will read this enforcement or necessarily listen to it. Guard vessels help ensure the safety of water users and as such, are essential for each project phase.

It is common that with so much commotion and activity, people will become curious and try to have a look. This could be sailors, swimmers, or kite surfers. It could be that they truly are unaware of the danger surrounding wind farm construction or they are willing to risk it to get a peek. Whatever the case, it is important to keep people away. This keeps them out of trouble and allows everyone to stay safe. Survey vessels can keep people away from hazardous marine areas.

While each case differs, a traditional wind farm will use 2 to 4 guard vessels in order to protect it. These boats can operate for days at a time without having to return to port.

Providing Survey Vessels & Class A Guard Vessels

We are a reputable company that provides a host of services for all kinds of needs up and down the UK. We have 25 years of experience in the marine construction industry and a commitment to excellent standards of work. Consequently, we should be your first choice for survey vessels and guard boats.

Do not hesitate to reach out to Safety Boat Services today. A member of our team would be more than happy to take the time to speak to you about what it is that we can help you with.

Work boats to safely transfer crew

There are many cases when professional work boats are necessary to safeguard crew movements. For example you may work in the shipping industry and need to safely transfer people from shore to offshore designated anchorages. In addition, you may need to transport crew to installations such as drilling rigs or work platforms. Whatever the case, you need to ensure you hire the right vessel and professional operators.


Crew TransferWhen you choose a work boat the first thing you need to look at is the capacity. Will the vessel have enough space to accommodate your whole crew or will you need to arrange multiple trips?

Another important thing to think about is the range. Most work boats will have ranges between 40 and 50 miles. This should be sufficient for most offshore requirements but you need to ensure it will work for you.

Thirdly, you also need to think about how much space there is for carrying cargo. Your crew may bring heavy equipment with them as they move between shore and an offshore installation or vessel. The work boat must have the space to store all of these items. It must also be able to bear the weight.

Safety is yet another vital thing to consider. The work boat must have the right metacentric height (GM). If it is too high the trips can be very uncomfortable for passengers because it means the boat will have a quick roll response. A sufficient but not excessively high GM means minimal acceleration and a smoother ride.

Hire work boats from a reliable specialist

Safety Boat Services is a reputable company with a wealth of experience. We work throughout the UK and Europe, delivering the best solutions for all kinds of needs. This can include crew transport to drilling rigs, offshore surveys, and various marine construction projects.

What makes our team really stand out is the array of different work boats we have to choose from. We make it very easy for our clients to find the perfect boat for them, whether it is a short term contract or an ongoing job. We also offer professional, experienced crews.

If you have any questions or want to talk to us about arranging a service, please get in touch. You can find out contact details here.

When should you use safety boats?

Marine construction is a big industry in the UK. There are lots of different projects, whether it is installing pipes, decommissioning or maintaining vessels, or oil drilling. Whatever kind of project it is though, working over, under, or on the water is challenging. There are lots of risks to consider and work around. One of the best solutions is to hire professional safety boats.

Why are they important?

Safety BoatsA safety boat can offer an essential service. It can be on hand to provide rescue services, access, and even maintain an exclusion zone if necessary. As a result they can help provide a much safer working environment for people.

Speed is absolutely vital if there is an emergency during any kind of marine construction or maintenance project. It may be that someone has fallen overboard or been injured while working above, in, or under water. A safety boat can be available to provide a rapid response whenever there is an issue. This means anyone in danger gets help quickly.

Another major issue with marine projects is that a change in weather can happen quickly and make conditions even more hazardous. It is a good idea to have a safety boat nearby if there is a potential of this happening. It means there is support available as soon as things become more treacherous.

Choose reliable safety boats

At Safety Boat Services we work very hard to offer the best level of service. Our goal is to ensure that each client has the support they need for their entire project. We can cater for a wide range of requirements, adapting our services to suit each client.

One thing that makes us stand out from other providers is we have access to a huge range of different safety boats. For example there are small, light inflatable boats that can respond very quickly to an emergency. In addition we have medium size and larger vessels for bigger projects. Our largest boats are 15metres long and can protect an entire team.

We have over 25 years of experience and some of the most professional crews in the whole of the UK. As a result we can offer an excellent level of service for every project. If that wasn’t enough we also work within IMO guidelines.

If you have any questions for us or would like to arrange a service, please contact us.