Marine contracting


Offshore projects are where we started, but we’re now the UK’s largest barge owner and operator. This is good news for our clients and even better news for our economy – the British Maritime supply chain has never been stronger.

As we’ve grown, we’ve been gathering insights from that supply chain, expanding our versatile fleet, and increasing our inventory of equipment for complex marine challenges of all kinds.


Flat-top barges for load outs, demobs, all kinds of barge commissions… we can use our expertise to find better ways of transporting and installing your heavy assets. With UK and European offices, we’re one of the most experienced specialist logistics providers to this sector – for renewables in particular, using our combined expertise to provide a seamless connection between offshore and onshore logistics.

You can meet some of our Marine Contracting team here.


A large barge fleet is good –  knowing how to use those barges for innovative solutions, is better.


The range of vessels we have lets us supply solutions for almost any project. We have ocean-going barges, which we’ve used deep-sea from Europe to Africa and South America, and we have smaller vessels that can use the inland waterways and lock systems throughout the UK and Europe.

  • Cargo transport
  • Storage platforms
  • Crane and construction platforms
  • RORO loadout
  • Temporary landing facilities
  • Floating and moveable concrete batching plant

It’s not just the size of our fleet, it’s how we use our badges to your advantage. You can see our approach here – innovative solutions to what might otherwise be project-challenging problems.

We also excel at specialised projects, such as interconnecting four barges within one of the largest vessels in the world – Allsea’s Pioneering Spirit catamaran hull – to provide the platform for a theatre and marquees for the vessel’s naming ceremony. Engineered and assembled in weeks and safe for 1,000 people.

We’re also the only UK barge owner and operator that’s transported every major component of an Offshore Windfarm, including foundations (monopiles, transition pieces and jackets), towers, nacelles and blades, and offshore cables. All by barge, all on time and on budget.


The way we work, it’s a seamless transition. We’ve been successfully transporting critical cargoes for the renewable energy, oil and gas, and power industries for years. Port-to-port, port-to-offshore, offshore-to-onshore – factory to foundation.

Our team is super-connected and well-respected. Our in-house expertise gives you access to every conceivable form of multi-modal transport, which means we can offer everything from straightforward cable storage to complex offshore scheduling and seabed installations – and if we don’t have a solution today, then we’ll create one tomorrow. It’s all part of our standard approach, finding the right way to deliver your project on time and on budget. It’s the Osprey Way of Working.

Recent Projects

Delivering Subsea Infrastructure

Award-winning multi-modal transport

Our client needed several towheads shipped out to a new oil field –on a demanding schedule, with (award-winning) challenges to overcome.

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Supporting UK Ship Building

Innovative solutions for everyday challenges

If existing transport can’t ship our heavy lift cranes (our LTM1800 and LG1550), then our team will still find a way to get them to site…

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Upgrading UK Rail

Multi-modal transport for heavy industry

With the track gauge itself preventing ‘on line’ movement of these locomotives to the UK, we created a multi-modal solution that ensured seamless – on time – delivery.

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Supporting National Grid

The best route from A to B is sometimes via sea

There’s more to specialist logistics than equipment and engineers. Our teams have the experience to recommend innovative solutions, and the partnerships to make them possible…

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Talk to Osprey. We work better, together. We have the people and the partners to deliver heavy lifting and abnormal transport services of all kinds, onshore and off.

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