Bibby took their first steps into floating accommodation in 1982, when they acquired two newly built Coastels, Bibby Venture and Bibby Resolution, which were immediately deployed to the Falkland Islands to accommodate British Troops.

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The diversification to niche marine vessel markets continued with the building of two 'Jack-up' vessels, Trident Bibby One and Marinia, which were successfully chartered. However Bibby's commitment to the Coastel section of the fleet meant that these vessels were sold, as services were streamlined.

The Coastel fleet has continued to grow since the 1980s. Vessels have been used as military accommodation, to house asylum seekers, as floating detention centres/prisons, as offices and now, predominately, to house workers on projects around the world. The largest of the Coastels can house over 950 people in comfortable en-suite accommodation.

In 2010, Bibby Maritime accepted delivery of their newest and largest flagship vessel 'Bibby Renaissance', which is now working on a project inAustralia.

2010 also saw Bibby Maritime enter a new market with the building of a new hydrographic survey vessel named 'Bibby Tethra', which will work predominately for the windfarm industry over the coming years.

Your Questions Answered

What is a Coastel exactly?

A Coastel is a floating accommodation vessel suitable for mooring alongside a berth or quay. It can be used to accommodate workers on projects taking place in remote locations or where existing accommodation is expensive or difficult to find.

Where can a Coastel be berthed?

Coastels are not suitable for offshore work as they need to be berthed alongside the shore, ideally moored to a berth or quay. Our vessels have worked to support projects around the world, and we work with our customers to work out the best solution for mooring close to a project.

How much does it cost to hire a Coastel?

Coastels offer a cost-effective alternative to using local hotels or land-based temporary solutions. Costs vary for each project, depending on the vessel used and project location, but we try to offer flexible pricing to make it as easy as possible for our customers.

Do you have a Coastel available in my area?

Our vessels are on short and long-term charters around the world, and locations change regularly - to find out where Coastels are currently positioned, take a look at our current vessel locations page. Coastels can easily be towed to new locations, so give us a call to find out about our vessel availability.