A family affair: Dan Jenkins on running the family dredging company Jenkins Marine

Doreen Dorward and Nab working in Cowes. Credit: Jenkins Marine

Paid in cans of cola and chocolate bars, Dan Jenkins started working for his father at the age of 10. Now, 30 years later, he is the managing director of a thriving firm with 40 full-time staff, several subcontractors, and a fleet of more than 20 vessels.

Jenkins Marine’s (JM’s) fleet comprises specialised work boats, tugs, pontoons, barges, and dredging vessels. The company has grown from its humble beginning in 1988 when Dan Jenkins’ father Rod Jenkins saw an opportunity with the increase in commercial marine activity, especially in the oil and gas sector.

Jenkins Marine operates a variety of dredging support vessels that canal so be chartered, from tugs and towage operations to spud leg pontoons and shallow draught work boats. Those vessels include self-propelled split hopper barges ranging in capacity from 150m3 to 415m3, plus backhoe spud leg pontoons. “Rod initially worked as a motor mechanic, then a fisherman, before becoming an engineer working on commercial vessels and industrial plant and machinery,” Jenkins told DPC.

“The local decline in the fishing industry spurred him to look at that commercial market, especially in site investigation and associated in shore works.” The JM fleet was founded when his father bought a used Thames lash barge. He converted it into a self-propelled work boat, complete with self-elevating spud legs, moon pool, crew accommodation, and the first hydraulic knuckle boom deck crane in the locality.

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