About Our History
BLYTH BOATMEN are the approved service provider for all Mooring Work and Pilotage Service’s to the Port of Blyth, we have provided the vital harbour service of
Boatmen and Mooring crew’s to the Port of Blyth and their customers for over 80 years. Its founders were the fathers and family members of the current business owners.
BLYTH BOATMEN specialise in providing the Port of Blyth, Ships, ships agents and other small business which use the Port, with a fully qualified fully equipped Marine Personnel and Work Boat option.
Over the last 80 years the business has gone through many changes and challenges as have all businesses within the Dock’s/Port environment. In that time the Port Of Blyth as a whole has changed enormously, we as a company have met those challenges successfully via forward planning and putting in place various contingency plans for the likes of Alcan who came to the port in the early 70’s, Transfennica in the early 80’s and to a lesser extent Constellation Energy in 2006. Alcan, Transfennica and Constellation Energy have all gone on to be major customers both to ourselves and the port, in the case of Alcan (now Rio Tinto Alcan) we are in our 40th year providing the company with mooring and specialist marine services.
Our customer base includes Ship owners, Shipping agents, Government and Council Agencies, British MOD/NATO, Charitable Organization’s such as “Mercy Ships” and local ship repair/engineering companies.
BLYTH BOATMEN offers the Ship Agents, Ship Owners and the Port Of Blyth with a cost effective experienced and highly dedicated professional service which helps them to complying with MCA Port Regulations along with The Port Marine Safety Code, Port Of Blyth Safety Management System for Marine Operations and The H S E National Occupational Standards for Marine Operations documents.
1987 A New Chapter
Mooring services have been our main focus of operations. However, in early 1987 UK Trust Ports went through dramatic changes. One of these changes was the creation of the “Pilotage Act 1987” which resulted in the Port Commissioners taking over responsibility as the Competent Harbour Authority, for the provision of Pilotage services in the Port of Blyth.
An essential component in operating the Pilotage service was the provision of Pilot Cutter Crews, which could guarantee 24 hours a day 365 days a year service.
With this in mind and with our successful long term working relationship within the port, for ship owners and for the Port of Blyth themselves, the Commissioners came to us in June 1987 to see if we could come up with a solution and help in providing this “essential part of the Pilotage Service”. We very quickly went back to the Commissioners and we were able to provide them with suitable proposals. This has resulted in BLYTH BOATMEN providing over 20 years of continuous round the clock Pilotage service to the Port and its customers.