maritime scaffolding

Scaffolding in a marine environment – either shored-based, such as docks, piers or dry docks – or on boats and ships requires special considerations and has become an area of expertise for RBS Scaffolding Ltd.

Our skill and understanding of the needs of boat builders and owners has enhanced our reputation in this specialised and diverse field.

We have constructed many temporary roof structures over various marine vessels to allow under cover working. These structures can be clad with reinforced plastic, have corrugated steel roofs and can even be shrink wrapped, with the assurance that our scaffolders have the experience to provide a safe, comfortable environment, protected from the elements, for whatever project you undertake.

We are able to provide access solutions for any size of vessel from small yachts to our most recent contract on Type 45 Frigates!

case study - HMS Alliance, gosport, hampshire

HMS Alliance – Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire

HMS Alliance was completely shrouded in scaffolding for over a year. The main 80.00m long structure was designed and completed in traditional tube and fittings with Presco adjustable transoms to help facilitate access to all areas of the submarine.

Haki System materials were utilised to complete the remainder of the works, a Hakitec 750 duo-pitched roof was chosen to provide a temporary cover for the duration of the works because it can be tailored to any structure, is lightweight, safe, fast and easy to erect. The roof provided an extremely effective weatherproof seal and was able to accommodate planned and unplanned openings to the work area as required. Haki stair towers and loading bays were used to provide access to the works for operatives and materials.

The completed structure was ‘shrink wrapped’ to provide a complete containment solution for main contractor ML (UK) for the duration of the works.

case study - Mary Rose Museum (portsmouth)

The Mary Rose Museum – Portsmouth

RBS were privileged to have worked on the construction of the iconic Mary Rose museum. This involved working in the hot box with the ship as well as the full external perimeter of the museum.

This was a very delicate job working within the compound of such great heritage. The internal roof structure of the hot box was 15m high with the total span just under 50m.


Shemara – Luxury Yacht Renovation project

Originally built in 1938 by Thornycroft & Company, charter yacht SHEMARA was requisitioned by the Navy during the World War II and served as an A/S vessel and later as a training vessel.

We are pleased to have worked with the Shemara team to help refit the yacht since 2014.  This rebuild and restoration now boasts a mix of contemporary interior while retaining many of her stunning and historic original features. 64.7-metre SHEMARA has been so improved that she is now in her finest condition ever.

Recent additions for scaffolding include a large loading area including specialist beams to allow placing of new propeller shafts into the stern of the rear of the ship.

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