Briggs Marine Celebrating 50 years

The Briggs Group is a family run and owned business with a long established history in the marine industry, headquartered in Burntisland, Fife.


The Briggs Family initially became involved in the marine industry on the Firth of Forth, providing dependable workboats to assist marine based construction works both on the East and West coasts of Scotland


In the 1980s, Briggs saw an opportunity in the Environmental Services market and by 1987 had purchased an oil spill response vessel, and established Briggs Environmental Services. Briggs were part of the response team for the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988 and the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989. Also in the late 80s they started providing vessels and manpower for oil and gas terminal operations round the UK.


Briggs Marine became involved in various salvage operations, including the Sea Osprey Wave Generator at Dounreay and recovery of a 360 aircraft from the Firth of Forth.

The company offered installation support of the sea outfalls, outfall defences, coastal protection works and assisted in commissioning and manning the Vapour Recovery Unit on Hound Point Terminal (BP) in the Forth.


During the 2000s Briggs expanded its services further into submarine cable repair and installation, single point mooring repair and maintenance, heavy moorings and Aids to Navigation refurbishment, and are responsible for the maintenance and repair of all MoD heavy moorings and navigation aids around the UK, Gibraltar and Cyprus.

Briggs Marine started operating in various countries delivering a full suite of environmental solutions including consultancy, training and spill response services.


The Group has now expanded its services into the renewable energy market, with framework agreements in place with a number of large offshore wind developers.

In 2010 and 2012 the Company signed long-term contracts to manage The Environment Agency’s survey fleet round the coast of England and Wales and TfL’s Woolwich Free Ferry on the Thames.

The range of services to the marine market continues to expand with the launch of an in-house diving division in 2014.


Briggs Marine has established itself in recent years as a key supplier for Peel Ports Group, providing marine services in the Port of Liverpool and London Medway as well as providing Aids to Navigation (AtoN), Commercial Diving, Subsea Cable IMR, construction and engineering support, Environmental Response, Marine Survey, Terminal and Energy Storage Solutions and Vessel Charter across the UK.

Briggs Marine also continues to bolster its presence in the Renewables Industry by establishing several long term contracts with wind farm developers. In addition, to adding a Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) to the fleet, Briggs Marine introduced Walk-to-Work services to support the construction and commissioning of the Northern and Southern Offshore Substations on the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind Farm, jointly owned by EDF Renewables UK and ESB.

In 2021, Briggs Marine acquired a majority stake in ARB Wind, a Fife-based, wind turbine inspection, testing and certification business focussing on the wind energy industry. This addition to the Group enables the provision of operations and maintenance services to the increasing number of Scottish windfarms, with Briggs Marine providing the marine expertise and project management capabilities to support expansion.

2021 was also the year Briggs Marine secured the port and terminal operations contract with Irish Ferries. Operating in one of the UK’s busiest ports, Briggs Marine supply provide full landside port and terminal operations services at the Port of Dover for its growing ro-pax ferry service between Dover and Calais.

October 2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the company and so we look back over the years with pride but remain focussed on the years ahead.

Briggs Marine Head Office Seaforth House