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.
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.