01489 890 031 jan@bpnorsemarine.co.uk

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Established in 2000, BP Norse Marine (UK) are a small family-run company based in the Solent area, Southampton. With over 30 years of seafaring experience, including yacht management, commercial diving and as a captain, the proprietor Jan Ellingsen is a man you can trust to carry out all dredging, silt disposal, quayside maintenance and towing, quickly and efficiently.

Our aim is to provide you with reliable and efficient marine services, no matter how large or small the task. All staff are friendly, and our rates are competitive.


We have a small fleet readily available for instant deployments.


Photo © Max McClure

Storebror was originally bought as a TID Class tug (hull no. 180) in Shoreham, Sussex, and her keel was laid in 1947. In 1965 she was bought by a Norwegian company, and worked in northern Norway. She has had numerous refits, including the addition of a variable pitch propellor and a kort nozzle, and a MWM 8 cylinder turbo diesel.

The bridge and accommodation have also been replaced. BP Norse Marine (UK) purchased her in 2002, and are continuously updating her.

Current MECAL certification can be found here (opens as a pdf document)

You can find a history of TID Class tugs at http://medwaymaritimetrust.org.uk

You can find out more information about our tug Storebror on the Marine Traffic link below together with our current location.

  • Length overall: 19.83
  • Beam: 5.6 metres
  • Draft: max 2.4 metres
  • Main engine: MWM 8 cylinder 825 HP turbocharged
  • Bollard pull: 12 tonnes continuous (15 max.)
  • Stern: Kort-nozzle with controllable pitch propellor
  • Generators: 1 of 20 KVA and 1 of 35 KVA

Hopper Barge "VR49"

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"VR49" was built in Holland in 1959 as a hopper barge, and was operated on the inland waterways by a Dutch company, Van Rees. She was bought by us in 2000, and we use her for silt disposal, and dredging works in conjunction with "Storebror".

Crane Barge "Norse II"

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"Norse II" is an ex-MOD flat pontoon barge of heavy construction. Spud legs have been added to enable her to carry out dredging, quayside works and fendering.

Norse II" specifications

  • LOA: 15 metres
  • Beam: 8.5 metres
  • Draft: 1.3 metres
  • Machinery: Crane RB19 and Case Poclain 888B excavator (optional)



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Hopper Barge being loaded

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Storeboro towing the motorised barge 'Carmel'

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Sealift on short tow out of Cowes

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Norse II being towed

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Storebror towing VR49

The Entity of our Business In Single Page.


We offer a wide and varied range of services to the marine industry

General towing

As well as towing our own equipment we offer towing facilities around the Southern coast of England. We can tow all sizes of vessel, from a private yacht or barge, to a larger ship.


Using our crane barge "Norse II", and hopper barge "VR49", we are able to carry out dredging in smaller marinas, as well as the larger quay walls etc.
Quayside maintenance and wharf repair. With our vessels, we are able to carry out all types of quayside repair and wharf maintenance, including steelworks and timber and rubber fendering.

Silt disposal

Working in partnership with the main marine aggregate companies on the south coast, and in conjunction with DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), we are involved in the safe and environmentally friendly disposal of silt.

Photo © Max McClure

Call us on
01489 890 031
or 07974 178 146

For further informtion or use the contact form below
  • Brilliant ! Just brilliant !

    - John Desolate
  • Did the job professionally and on time.

    - Merry Dolen
  • Maritime Solutions has worked with BP Norse Marine over the past fifteen years on a variety of projects and towage operations. Including the Arts Council funded project Nowhere Island for the Regional Olympic Arts project. BP Norse have always delivered exceptional service, on time and to high standards. I would not hesitate to ask them to quote on any future projects

    Kevin Harvey: Maritime Solutions

Everything from general towing to dredging and silt removal

Dredging - Silt disposal - General coastal towing - Quayside maintenance - Wharf repair

About Us

Now part of the AVETTA (Formerly PICS Consortium) and we are awaiting new certification to add to the web site

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