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Royal Navy’s new mega barge which will revolutionise fleet repairs

April 13, 2022

Typhoon 3000 is a modern, moveable jack-up barge and semi-submersible dry dock, with a maximum payload capacity of 3000 tonnes, making her the biggest jack-up barge on the South Coast.  This £15m ship repair kit is intended to revolutionise the way the city’s flotilla of ships are maintained and can be hired for commercial use. 

The specialist vessel has four moveable legs which extend to the seabed allowing its large working platform to be lifted out of the water, creating a stable platform from which to carry out repairs and lift machinery, even whole ships. Crucially, its arrival means that smaller vessels are once again able to undergo maintenance in the covered ship repair facility at Portsmouth Naval Base, allowing projects to be delivered faster and cheaper.  

Typhoon is owned by the MOD at Portsmouth Naval Base.  The MOD will require this new kit for only a few months of the year, making it available for commercial use at other times.  The addition of the jack-up barge is seen as a huge opportunity for Portsmouth Harbour and Solent Freeport. 

The Typhoon 3000, home-ported at HMNB Portsmouth, is available to charter in UK and Northern European waters; she is the perfect tool for major marine civils works, the transportation of heavy structures, such as concrete tunnels, offshore/ inshore foundations, ships, barges and pontoons – from the quayside, into the water, and vice versa. 

Developed with defence requirements in mind the platform is extremely versatile; built to the highest standards and with a superior specification, she is ideally engineered for numerous commercial applications. 

The Typhoon 3000 is built out of a monohull pontoon, 4 jacking systems, and 4 spudlegs. The platform is available either bareboat or as a ‘managed’ solution. OverWater routinely work with Heavy Lift specialists, and full ‘turn key’ solutions, to include marine engineering works, (priced accordingly and undertaken on the platforms deck), and can be tailored to suit the needs of Charterers. 

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