Commercial Boat Services specialise in the recovery of sunken craft either from the canals and rivers to marinas and harbours.

CBS have certified dive contract administrators who coordinate the local contract dive team with our skilled operatives using their skills with our powerful pumps and underwater salvage equipment. CBS are the national term contractors to the Canal and River Trust for all their salvage work on the rivers and canals of England and Wales. This is delivered through a fast response team that are both familiar and experienced with the dangers of the surface and sub-surface operations.

Case Studies

Sunken drilling rig, River Aire

River Aire, Leeds

Marine Salvage

In 2022, Commercial Boat Services were asked to recover a 20-ton drilling rig that had been lost in the River Aire, Leeds in the February floods. The rig was under a bridge, submerged 3 metres u...
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National Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum

Ellesmere Port

Marine Salvage

CBS have been engaged by The National Waterways Museum to raise a number of historic boats that had been sunk for over 30 years. These historic craft, many over a hundred years old, require very sp...
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