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Following approval of the board of directors of Silvers Marine Ltd, the business, yard and assets have been sold to Silvers Marine (UK) Ltd on Thursday 20th November 2008.

Managing Director of the new company, Mark Aikman, comments:

It will very much remain 'business as usual' at our Rosneath facility where we aim to build upon the outstanding reputation for quality and service that has become synonymous with Silvers name throughout its former ownership.

I am also pleased to advise that the former Management Team will remain with the business and that the workforce remains intact.

Autonomous Rescue & Recovery Craft

ARRC 04 - 'IAIN'

ARRC 04 - IAIN was launched on Wednesday 7 th February 07 following modification work prior to final trials and ultimate deployment in the North Sea Oil sector.


The work has been carried out by Silvers Marine staff and a number of their valued subcontractors, particularly Boat Electrics & Electronics from Troon and RIBS from Clynder.


Technical input was provided by Comet Technical Support and Captain John Gorrie (BP's Marine Specialist Team Leader) complemented us on a 'job well done'.

A Busy pre-Spring

Silvers Pontoon with two ARRC's and a Severn Class Lifeboat

Sea Safety

Silvers Marine recently held, in conjunction with the RNLI Road Show, a Sea Safety seminar for various members of staff. The seminar covered items such as lifejacket wearing and servicing, operation of VHF and basic engine checks.


The association with the oil giant BP and Silvers Boatyard goes back some years.

In 1946, Silvers Boatyard built 'Tarrad' a 52ft all-teak launch with twin Gardiner diesel engines of 100HP each, giving a speed of 16 knots. This was a personal gift given to the Sheik of Kuwait by BP following the signing of the Kuwait Oil Agreement. The combination of speed and seaworthiness was a requirement for the build of this yacht.

In 2006, Silvers Marine were approached by BP to assist them with a new innovative Support and Rescue System for their North Sea Oil Rigs, code named 'Jigsaw'. This system uses a combination of supply boats and helicopters with each supply boat carrying two ARRCs (Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft). ARRCs can reach speeds of up to 30 knots in rough seas.

After a period of initial trials and evaluation, the individual ARRCs (eight in total) required some improvement and modification work to be undertaken.

Silvers' location on the Gareloch did not, in fact, favour us for this Contract as, at that time, the ARRCS were moored in Leith and Aberdeen. What was in our favour, however, was our facilities. At one time, we had four ARRCs undercover and one outside and a workforce with a 'can do' attitude, prepared to turn these boats round with a minimum of delay and an ability to cope with the ever changing demands of a very innovative and complex modification brief.

We have been greatly assisted by various local subcontractors whom we have called upon to assist us by providing their specialist skills, particularly in engineering, electronics and soft skin products. Every ARRC has been individually test lifted with a dual crane lift using the new lifting hooks built in Norway and fitted at Silvers, initially to load test the hooks then to test them with the addition of over 8 tons of water bags ballast.

These boats have been built and tested to withstand the winter storms of the North Sea and to be available to assist in the rescue and recovery of oil rig staff. They can provide casualties with a place of refuge in the harsh North Sea environment.

Silvers staff, subcontractors and everyone who has been involved in this project have been proud to have played their part. They would like to pass on their best wishes and good luck for the future to all those who have to man and operate these ARRCs, also to the entire 'Jigsaw' project.

With thanks to: AB 2000 Crane Hire, Boat Electrics and Electronics, RIBS, Reekies Machining, Frank Bevan and Audiocraft.