MV Challenge

The Challenge is a versatile multi-purpose vessel and is used as a dive support platform, for ADCP deployment and recovery and for people transport. In addition to this it is used for harbour maintenance and support for the larger vessels. One of the characteristics of this vessel is that plant and equipment can be driven onto the vessel and off loaded to larger vessels when on site.

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Type of vesselLanding Craft
Year built1989
Category MCA Cat 3
Up to 20 miles
(from safe haven)
Passengers2 crew plus 6
Flag stateUK
Port of registryKirkwall

Basic Functions

  • Marine support vessel
  • Dive support vessel
  • Commuter
  • Vessel to vessel transfer

Deck Equipment

  • 2 tonne winch
  • Palfinger PK12000/M/AD
  • 980kg at 10.1m


Gross tonnageunder 15gt
Deck area10m x 4.2m
Deck cargo10 tonne

Propulsion System

Main engines2 x Ford 130 hp.
Propellers2 fixed pitch propellers


  • Spacious galley and day cabin