Boatmen & Mooring Services

Clyde Marine Services have provided the vital harbour service of boatmen and mooring gangs since 1913, throughout the various Clyde ports. All CMS boatmen are fully licenced skippers, examined and certificated to MCA Boatmaster Licence standard, who assist ships in the most exposed and difficult situations, and during all kinds of weather conditions.

We are an organization that can be contacted day and night, throughout the year.

CMS are members of the European Boatmen's Association , the purpose of which is to enhance the sector's professional standards.

The role of boatmen for the efficiency and safety of ports is always overlooked , despite the important role boatmen perform in the safe berthing and unberthing of ships in exposed locations in all weathers.

No berthing or unmooring operaton can be safely conducted unless the pilot has confidence in the mooring boat crews and mooring gangs.

Mooring Launches

We operate a fleet of four launches, entirely built and designed according to our specific demands, required due to the specialized nature of the work. Our newest mooring launches are specially designed and strongly built craft that can be operated during all kinds of weather conditions, and are equipped with a hydraulic wire rope clamp for safe handling of ships ropes and wires. The clamp can be released from the steering position.

Owing to a special air chamber construction, our new launches are considered to be unsinkable. If a boat is flooded, she will remain afloat for sufficient time to save the lives of the crew.

We carry out thorough in-house on-board audits of each launch every 4 weeks.

Clyde Marine Services - Mooring Launch









(Photo Courtesy of: Brian Climie)

Clyde Marine Services - Terrier Launch

Winch Trucks

Due to ships wire and mooring lines becoming gradually heavier, Clyde Marine Services Limited operate two Mobile Winch Trucks, each winch is mechanically driven and mounted on a Mercedes Sprinter Chassis allowing the heaviest ropes and wires to be handled safely.

The combination of powerful purpose built mooring launches and our mobile winch trucks allow us to assist ships mooring and unmooring operations quickly and efficiently.

Clyde Marine Services - Winch Truck