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 vessel Landing Craft
Year built 1989
Category  MCA Cat 3
Up to 20 miles
(from safe haven)
Passengers 2 crew plus 6
Flag state UK
Port of registry Kirkwall

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


Length 14.4m
Beam 4.26m
Draught 1.44m
Gross tonnage under 15gt
Deck area 10m x 4.2m
Deck cargo 10 tonne

Propulsion System

Main engines 2 x Ford 130 hp.
Propellers 2 fixed pitch propellers


  • Spacious galley and day cabin