News & Current Projects

Retirement - Peter Whitlock

Peter joined the company in July 1973 as a Draftsman, in 1983 his role changed to Marine Designer/Surveyor and in 2009 he became General Manager/Senior Marine Surveyor, finally taking on the role of Chairman in 2015.

Peter’s retirement ended in a long standing tradition of a few pints and a curry on Friday 29th December 2019 with past and current colleagues.

Peter’s leaving marks the end of an era and his contribution to the success of Keel Marine over many years cannot be overstated, we thank him for his service and commitment and wish him a happy and long retirement.




Research Vessel


Research Vessel for KISR

Keel Marine were appointed by The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) to supervise the construction and outfitting of a Multi-Purpose Research Vessel which was built at Freire Shipyard, Vigo, Spain.

The vessel completed extensive Harbour and Sea Trials successfully in Spain in June 2019 and is now in service at her home port in Kuwait.

Seawork 2020

Keel Marine is pleased to announce we will be attending next year’s Seawork Exhibition, 9th-11th June 2020 in Southampton and would be delighted if you visit us on stand PG105 in the Pacific Hall, Hall to discuss any Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering and Surveying requirements you may have or simply for a friendly chat.

For more details about the show and its location please see


PG134 Stand

Dame Vera Lynn

Ben Woollacott

New Hybrid Ferry for Woolwich

The 2 new low emissions double ended ferries "Dame Vera Lynn" & "Ben Woollacott" are now in service at Woolwich.

The new ferries were built at Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk and run on hybrid diesel-electric power.


Environment Agency

Keel Marine Ltd were contracted by the Environment Agency as Project Managers and build supervisors to manage the build of the newest additions to their inland waterway fleet. The vessels were delivered May 2017.

The pusher tug "Ray" & Trimmers barge will operate on the Thames and facilitate the cleaning of the waterways and general day to day on work on the water.

The design was also produced by Keel Marine and was heavily focused on the safe operation of the vessels. The design was enhanced from a tug and barge that was delivered to the EA last year, however, this time the vessels had more stringent design restrictions due to the low bridges of the upper Thames waters.



Tug & Barge





The Christening ceremony was held for the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) new 32 m ASD Tug on 22nd August 2016. Keel Marine Ltd were engaged to oversee the supervision of the build which was built by Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd (CLSL) at their Hin Lee Shipyard Co Ltd (HLSCL) facility in Doumen.

Before her voyage from China to Mauritius via Hong Kong, “Sir Edouard” successfully completed Sea trials in the Pearl River where she exceeded all expectations proving to be easily manoeuvrable, reliable and extremely powerful returning an average bollard pull in ahead of 79.57 tonnes and in astern of 75.54 tonnes.

M/T “Sir Edouard” is a Robert Allen designed 70t Bollard pull vessel which has been specifically selected by the MPA to keep pace with the demands of their current port expansion.

MPA have produced a short film further details can be accessed through the following link


MHPA Pilot Boats

Keel Marine Ltd had been engaged by Milford Haven Port Authority to supervise the construction at Mainstay Marine in South West Wales of their 3 new CAMARC designed Pilot Boats.

All three boats have been delivered.

MHPA Pilot Boat


45 m Classic Motoryacht

Keel Marine & ThirtyC have worked together on this unique project, ThirtyC have assisted in the styling and interior design of this 1920’s style yacht. Creating a yacht that echo's back to a treasured era in yachting. Blending classic elements with a few modern touches and current engineering practices.

The design is based upon developed naval architecture and detailed development of the hull form by Keel Marine, along with structural analysis and stability studies. With input from ThirtyC, the exterior styling has been developed to fully utilise the space available, creating considered spaces with functionally and purpose.

The classic style will continue into the interior marrying both together to create a very special yacht. Utilising as munch natural light as possible, unique skylight applications and their locations have been considered from an early stage in the design.



45m superyacht


barge Teal

Environment Agency Tug and Barge

The Environment Agency's new tug "Mallard" and new dredger barge "Teal" were safely delivered to Allington Lock on 12th May 2015. The tug is based on on the very successful Keel Marine wide beam tug which was designed for the Canal & River Trust, whereas the dredger barge "Teal" is a bespoke design to cater for the specific requirements of the Environment Agency on the River Medway. Both vessels were built by Manor Marine of Portland, Dorset.

The two vessels will aid the navigation team on the Medway in their annual dredging & channel maintenance programme.


Kuwait Environmental Public Authority- Multi Purpose Research Vessel

Keel Marine were appointed to supervise the construction of a 40 Metre Multi Purpose Research Vessel on behalf the Kuwait Environment Public Authority.

The Vessel was built at OCEA Shipyards and fitting out at their facility in Les Sables d’Olonne, France.

The Vessel was delivered to the Environmental Public Authority at the end of August 2015.



Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) - Corporate Partnership

Keel Marine is proud to announce its Corporate Partner membership with the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). Founded in 1860, RINA is an internationally renowned, highly respected professional institution and learned society whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of all types of marine vessels and structures. Corporate Membership of RINA reflects Keel Marine’s commitment to maintaining high professional standards in all aspects of our work and the continuing professional development of our team of Naval Architects, Marine Engineers & Surveyors.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Keel Marine has designed a new set of finger flaps for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IoMSPC). The finger flaps form the hinged ramp component of the link-span assembly that enables vehicular access onto the fast catamaran ferry at the Liverpool ferry terminal. At the clients request, Keel Marine firstly assessed whether the existing finger flaps could be uprated to accept a higher Gross Vehicle Weight, and secondly produced a design for a completely new fabrication broadly in accordance with Classification Society requirements. Due to the level of refurbishment and enhancement required on the existing assembly, the client opted to have new finger flaps fabricated.

This task is the latest in a series of port infrastructure and ship-to-shore interface projects that Keel Marine has been involved in.


Ramp Load test

News Headlines

Seawork 2020 - Keel Marine will be attending Seawork Exhibition in June 2020.

KISR Research Vessel - The new Rsearch Vessel is at her home port in Kuwait..

New Hybrid Ferry - Keel Marine Ltd have provided technical support for the new hybrid ferries for Tfl "Dame Vera Lynn" & "Ben Woollacott".

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