One of our most interesting projects was to find a Dutch barge that could be used as a church – to be moored in the centre of London’s Docklands! Working closely with our long standing colleagues at SRF (Ship Repair Friesland) in Harlingen, it turned out to be one of our most enjoyable and satisfying projects.
Having found a shortlist of vessels, we took our clients to view them. We chose a very large type that would give us a wide interior. The vessel was surveyed, bought, then shortened. We managed the conversion, imported the barge and then sailed her slowly and majestically onto her new mooring in West India Dock beside Canary Wharf in London.
St Peter’s has been holding services there since 2003 and is hosting an ever-growing congregation. This project was featured by the BBC on ‘Inside Out’, when a team joined us on the delivery trip all the way from Friesland.
THERE IS ALWAYS SPACE FOR IMPROVEMENT...
When we say there’s space for improvement on these Dutch barges, the most startling thing is how much space.
With scope for another floor or mezzanine levels, there are some innovative designs you can use to make the most of what’s available.
With over 300 Dutch barges under our belt, we can guide you with:
• Initial search and procurement with self-build or DIY or 1st class shipyards in UK or Holland
• Bodywork and interior conversion contacts
• Professional assistance with layouts and plans
• Sources for any specialist equipment or supplies
• Project management
• VAT zero rated over entire project