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Marine Plant Hire: A Guide

Welcome to The Rothen Group, a leading supplier of marine plant hire and canal contracting services throughout the UK. With decades of industry experience, we offer a wide range of specialist marine equipment for hire, including our popular amphibious diggers and long reach excavators. Our team of high skilled contractors are committed to providing you with the most reliable and efficient machinery, so that you can complete your project on time and within budget.

Marine Equipment Hire


We understand that marine construction and maintenance projects can require a range of specialised equipment, which is why we offer such a wide range of marine plant equipment. Whether you are searching for heavy lifting machines, material handling fleet, stable platforms for bank construction and maintenance work, or machines that can help with the removal of sediment and debris from waterways, we have the equipment you need to get the project completed safely, efficiently and to the highest standards.


The following are just some examples of machines available within our extensive hire fleet, which includes everything from crane barges and piling barges to workboats and our popular amphibious diggers and long reach excavators.

Amphibious digger hire


Our popular amphibious diggers are a versatile option for a wide range of projects that require excavation work in wetland areas, and they are specifically designed to operate in soft and unstable ground conditions such as those found within UK marshes and tidal zones. The specialist tracks ensure these amphibious excavators are able to easily navigate the waterways without sinking or causing damage to the surrounding environment.


Long reach digger hire

Our specialist long reach diggers are ideal for projects that require excavation work in hard-to-reach areas, such as rivers, canals, and lakes. These machines feature extendable arms that allow them to reach further than traditional excavators, making them ideal for projects that require precise work at a distance.

We are pleased to offer a range of long reach diggers for hire, including machines with reach capabilities of up to 22 metres, so that your contractors are able to complete complex excavation work efficiently and safely.


Crane barge hire

We offer a variety of crane barges that are ideal for projects that require heavy lifting and material handling in difficult marine environments. Our crane barges are equipped with the latest technology, with our largest 70ft self-loading boat fitted with a Fassi F40 hiab that offers an impressive reach of 6.3m. These machines are capable of acting as a dredger, pusher tug and hopper, making them ideal for sites with poor access.

Reed & weed boats


Throughout the UK waterways there are many different types of vegetation, with reeds and weeds needing effective machinery that is able to remove growth that could disrupt waterways. Whether you need a truxor boat, conver boat, paddle boat or harvester boat, we have the machines available to ensure quick mobilisation to your site.


Vibro and air hammers

Many marine construction projects require specialist equipment that is able to complete tasks such as driving in and extracting piles, H-section columns, barrier posts, moorings, jetty scaffolding, steel tubes and fencing posts. We have a range of hammers available including vibro hammers, air hammers and hydraulic piling hammers, which are popular choices within complex river and canal maintenance projects.


Workboat pontoons


For projects which require commercial workboats, our pontoons are the ideal solution. These workboats are capable of transporting a machine weighing up to 8 tonnes to sites which are awkward to access. Simply place the stability legs down and either track the machine down or operate it from the workboat, thanks to the highly adaptable design. Whether you need to replace lock gates, lift materials or drive posts, these pontoons are able to swing through the narrowest of bridges and locks.

By hiring our efficient machines your contractors will be able to accurately complete the most complex marine construction projects, and we can also provide our own operators to ensure your project is completed efficiently. Whether you are searching for small amphibious diggers to complete projects in areas within limited access or a larger long reach excavator which we can transport to your location via boat, we can help.


Why choose The Rothen Group for your marine plant hire needs?

Here at The Rothen Group, we have a reputation for providing high-quality marine plant hire equipment alongside exceptional contracting services, and here are just some of the reasons why we believe you should choose us for your next project:


  • Expertise – With more than 50 years of industry experience, we have built an excellent reputation for delivering high-quality work and machinery.

  • Range of equipment – We have an extensive range of specialist equipment available for hire, including everything from amphibious diggers to our popular long reach diggers.

  • Quality – We understand how important it is to offer machines that are in excellent condition, so our hire fleet is regularly maintained and ready to work whenever you need it.


  • Flexibility – We know how quickly projects can change, which is why we offer flexible hire periods to suit your needs. Whether you need equipment for a day, a week or even a month, we can provide you with a competitive deal.

  • Customer service – Our knowledgeable team are always on hand to provide you with project advice and guidance, and we work closely with our customers to ensure that every project is completed to the highest standard.


  • Environmental responsibility – We are committed to protecting the environment, so whether you hire our equipment or our team for your project, we take great care to ensure that all operations have a minimal impact. In particular, our amphibious equipment is designed to operate in wetland areas without causing damage.

  • Competitive pricing – We are proud to offer competitive pricing for all our marine plant hire equipment and services, to ensure our customers get the best value for their money.

The Rothen Group – High-quality marine plant hire

At The Rothen Group, we have the expertise and equipment you need to complete your project safely, efficiently and to the highest standard. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer flexible hire solutions which meet the exact needs of our clients, and we are sure you will be impressed with our fleet which includes everything from floating workboats to dumpers, breakers, lifters, and hydraulic hammers.


To find out more, contact our team today to discuss your marine plant hire needs, and our knowledgeable team will be happy to provide you with a competitive quote.

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