Chris King has retired and King Marine Ltd has closed for further business.

Chris has thoroughly enjoyed his 45 years within the commercial marine business. He will miss the banter and many friends he has gained over the years. He hopes that others that have met him, been trained by him, worked for him and crewd for him will all get as much fun, wonderful memories and genuine stisfaction out of their careers. 

He wishes you all long, happy and healthy lives and thanks you all for all the great times!!

~ Serving the Marine Industry since 1989 ~

About King Marine

Some of our previous projects and information on Chris King: Owner and founder of King Marine Ltd.

King Marine - Tug, Workboat and Multicat Skippering

Provision of Skippers and Crew for Tugs, Multi-Cats and Workboats

King Marine Ltd has supplied tug skippers for coastal towing and barge positioning, including coastal towing around Scotland, towing duties on the Pelamis Wave Energy, Orkney’s project, anchor handling for crane barges, Morocco core sampling, offshore towing between the UK and Portugal and transporting materials and equipment for building projects on the Thames and for windfarm projects around the UK.

Sea Defences


King Marine Ltd has been involved in many sea defence projects over the years around  England, Fairisle & The Channel Islands. Our involvement has included the design and execution of transportation methods for large quantities of rock and beach material from quarries in Norway, Sweden, France and Ireland as well as overseeing the preparation of beaching areas, construction of temporary berthing quays and mooring systems to our design and overall site management for the day-to-day running of the projects.


The methods and equipment we have used include: Barges (500 - 23,000 ton carrying capacity), tugs (2.5 - 200 ton bollard pull), ships, dredgers, beaching, temporary berths, mooring systems, cranes, loading shovels, excavators, RIBs and personnel.

Sea Defence Projects:

  • Herne Bay
  • Sea Palling
  • Elmer
  • Fairisle
  • Lyme Regis
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Skegness
  • Jersey – La Collette
  • Reculver
  • Margate
  • Withernsea
  • Hurst Point
  • Tankerton


King Marine - Sea Defences
King Marine - Sea Defences

Water Transportation Project in Turkey

King Marine - Maritime Project Consultation

In 2000-2002 King Marine Ltd was contracted to Nordic Water Supply to help develop their fresh water transportation project in the Mediterranean, involving 10,000 – 20,000, 30,000 & 38,000 cubic metre water-carrying balloons, work boats and up to 30 ton bollard pull tugs.

The project involved developing a reliable & safe method for the towing,  manoeuvring and berthing the balloons, training the Turkish captains and crews to handle the tug and work boats as well as helping them to take over the project as a Turkish-run operation.

Read an article in the Maritime Journal about this project.

African Construction Projects

King Marine - Marine Construction Projects

In Mozambique King Marine Ltd oversaw the construction and
anchoring system of pontoons and towers for a floating Bailey Bridge across the Limpopo River.

King Marine - Marine Construction Projects

In The Sudan King Marine Ltd oversaw the construction of a triple-screw vehicle carrying ferry / bunker barge using local labour, on the River Nile. Thereafter we trained local boatmen to operate and maintain it.

Consultancy, Brokerage, Surveys and Design


King Marine’s consultancy work has included advising on access to the Caspian Sea for barges, tugs and coasters, providing information and advice on mooring equipment, and work on a new concept in towing methods to reduce drag and increase speed by the use of DGPS controlled paravanes. King Marine Ltd has also been involved in the design of mooring configurations for barges and further barge modifications.


We have undertaken various surveys including beach surveys to facilitate temporary access for the delivery of large quantities of building materials, a barge survey in St. Petersburg and a winch mooring system. King Marine Ltd also provides brokerage services.

King Marine - Maritime Operations Consultancy

About the Owner

Chris King - Owner / Director of King Marine Ltd.

Chris King is the Founder and Managing Director of King Marine Ltd. He is a qualified Assessor for the National Workboat Association's Towing Endorsements. He set up King Marine in 1989 and has had a successful career involving a wide variety of marine projects since then.