Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 10, 2024 – Bridgemans Services Group (Bridgemans) has signed a contract with Port Angeles, Washington-based BRIX Marine to build a 52-passenger personnel transfer vessel to provide safe, reliable transportation for the valued workforces of Bridgemans’ clients. 

The vessel, currently named BridgeCat 49 (BC49), is the second such personnel transport vessel in the Bridgemans fleet, which also includes multipurpose workboats, barges, personnel and cargo transfer vessels, floatel support vessels, and safety standby vessels.  

As BC49 construction begins, development continues on Bridgemans’ innovative search and rescue (SAR), firefighting, piloting and emergency spill response vessel. The 44-foot SAR vessel, earmarked for fall 2024 delivery, was announced last year and will be purpose-built to work and serve in demanding and unpredictable West Coast waters. 

“Bridgemans continues to add modern, reliable vessels to support a wide variety of client mandates and complement our turnkey floatel offering in maritime markets worldwide,” said Brian Grange, President, Bridgemans. “Because Bridgemans’ fleet includes personnel transport, safety standby, water rescue, barging, workboat, and tug and towing services, we are able to serve any project on or around the water, anywhere our clients operate.” 

Bridgemans is working with renowned designers and manufacturers on the West Coast to ensure its custom-built vessels are highly capable, safe and meet Canada’s stringent maritime regulations. Well trained, experienced Bridgemans crews will staff and maintain both new vessels when they are introduced into service.   

“We are excited to be working with Bridgemans to design, build and deliver a personnel transfer vessel that offers the latest in safety, comfort, and efficiency, and is capable of working wherever duty calls,” said Perry Knudson, Managing Director, BRIX Marine.   

Bridgemans’ new SAR vessel was designed by Vancouver-based ER Yacht Design and its award-winning president, Ivan Erdevicki. The vessel is now under construction at Reyse Marine in North Saanich, British Columbia. It will serve as a pilot boat that can push or pull other vessels and help ships navigate coastal waters, and it offers firefighting capabilities such as large capacity fire guns. Its search and rescue capabilities include an open deck, transom and side doors that provide ready and safe access to ocean waters for recovery, and benches that securely support stretchers and enable medical assistance. It is also equipped for emergency response.

About Bridgemans
Vancouver-based Bridgemans Services Group is the world’s premier provider of floatel and related services to large resource and infrastructure projects through its three integrated divisions – Floatels, Marine Services, and Marine Construction. With a proven track record in Asia, North America, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean, Bridgemans draws from a wealth of global expertise to offer custom turnkey solutions – from project planning to completion – in core specialties such as sourcing, refitting, and operating floatels; personnel and cargo transfers; and design-build construction. All provided with safety and sustainability top-of-mind.

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