WILLIAMS Shipping has taken delivery of a new road transportable multi cat vessel – Willdart.

Constructed by Meercat in Hythe – who built ABP Southampton's recently commissioned workboat Spartina – the 14.5m boat joins a fleet of vessels operated by the family firm

"This versatile vessel will be assisting us in our port services in and around Southampton and the Solent area, including stores deliveries, passenger transfers, anchor handling, buoy maintenance and much more," said Philip Williams, MD of Marine at Williams Shipping.

The long- established marine and logistics firm, which has been based in Southampton for 120 years, recently received the Ministry of Defence's Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award on board HMS Victory.

The award recognised the firm's commitment to supporting employees who have left the armed forces or are still involved as reservists.