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2 minute read - 27th April 2022

MST Group invests in new boat building facility

Marine Specialised Technology (MST) Group – a manufacturer and maintainer of high-speed boats for global defence and security markets – has embarked on a £1m refurbishment programme of its Bromborough-based Carmet Shipyard, which it acquired from Carmet Tug Company during the second half of 2021.

The refurbishment programme will cover the entire 6.5-acre site with total refurbishment of the existing 80m main and 50m secondary boat building halls, brand new offices, new car parking facilities and the erection of additional composite and fabrication facilities.

The company says it has a long-term plan for further investment which will see the facilities expanded and enhanced further to create a centre of excellence in the North West for small craft design, manufacture and service.

Marine Specialised Technology Group is to move its boat building, servicing and maintenance operations to the new site / Picture: MST Group

New contracts, combined with the planned expansion of the company’s new build division, will be fuelling a significant recruitment drive over the remainder of 2022.

The shipyard was originally founded in 1974 by McTay Marine and produced 119 vessels before going into liquidation in 2015 and subsequently being taken over by local tug operator Carmet Marine.

The new facilities will allow the company to significantly expand its operations including the ability to manufacture much larger craft than current facilities permit.

Philip Hilbert, MST’s sales director, said: “We secured these new premises at just the right time as we embark on several major contracts for our flagship “HPB” High-Speed Patrol Boat range which have been, up until now, limited to a maximum 19m in length due to launching and logistical restrictions. The new larger facilities with its direct access to water now enables us to not only manufacture more craft at any one time but also to manufacture significantly larger vessels and we already have a 23m design being worked on as I speak.”

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