Goodchild Marine receives order for two ORCs for Port of Liverpool

Celebrations for Goodchild

There were big celebrations on the Goodchild Marine Services stand as news came through that the company had won the contract to construct a further two pilot boats for Briggs Marine.

The company has already built and delivered three 17-metre ORC pilot vessels to the Port of Liverpool, as part of a £3m deal with the marine services company.

Now Briggs Marine have ordered two 13.6-metre ORC pilot vessels – which will be only the second and third of their kind in the UK.

The boats will be built using the same design, by naval architects Pantocarene as the 17-metre vessels adapted by Goodchild Marine for the UK market.

Steve Pierce, General Manager of Goodchild Marine, said the company was delighted to continue its partnership with Briggs Marine.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to build on our working relationship with Briggs by constructing two 13.6-metre ORCs for use at Liverpool’s port. The ORC 136 represents a huge interest for even greater fuel savings. The hull shape allows them to be extremely economical, light to handle and faster, which is perfect for pilot transferring.”

Iain Ross, Marine Operations Director at Briggs Marine said: “"We chose Goodchild Marine as they are renowned for building high quality, reliable and efficient vessels and their cooperation and support have been superb.”

Alan Goodchild, managing director of Goodchild Marine Service continues:

“We’ve had a fantastic show at Seawork. We’re always inundated on the boats but it’s the first time we’ve put the ORC 136 into service in the UK. It’s been very well received and is now backed up with two more orders. Fantastic!

Seawork is the only exhibition we would consider attending – it’s the only show in the UK for an international audience and it attracts everyone in the commercial sector. We go from strength to strength with the exhibition as it’s the only way we get to showcase our products.

In the UK we have the best boatbuilders in the world and we don’t shout enough about that. We need to promote British boat building across Europe.”

Goodchild are on stand PB38 and berths V25 and V27

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