About A & R Rothen Ltd -

Work Boat and Plant Hire Specialists

Our Company has its roots in Canal Transport – formed in 1981, we began life moving Coal, Steel Piles and other materials, for the former British Waterways. Before long, we were also undertaking other works on the waterways, from towpath and mooring installations, to major dredging contracts across the Birmingham area, and we now have over 35 years of experience working on rivers and canals across the country.

During this time we have developed an extensive fleet of Floating and associated plant, some of which have been custom built, to suit a variety of applications and requirements. In fact we have recently expanded the fleet quite significantly, having added over 6 custom built vessels in 2017 and a further 4 vessels in 2018, taking the fleet to over 30 vessels. As such, today we are proud to call ourselves one of the leading narrow beam workboat and plant hire suppliers in the UK, with a customer base which includes, the Canal and River Trust, Kier, Galliford Try, Morgan Sindall, and the OCS/Fountains group, to name but a few.

All of our vessels can be transported by either waterway or road, meaning we can deliver to sites nation- wide. Please do contact us for further advice or to discuss your requirements; our knowledgeable, trained and experienced staff are always happy to help


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