Swanwick company Landau UK are one of the select few who have been chosen to take part in the Red Bull Soap Box Race which is taking place on Sunday 7th July at Alexandra Palace in London.  From hundreds of applications only 70 were chosen for their unique wackily-wheeled soapbox to entertain and enthral the watching thousands. (the show will be shown on Christmas Day).

Landau UK put forward a proposal to bring history back to life with the fastest and most awesome ‘soapboat’. Landau will be reproducing the ‘Foxtrot 8’ – a Falklands landing craft (which we are currently restoring – this project is being funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds and is part of the Trust’s wider “Memorial Fleet” project, at Boathouse 4 in the historic dockyard for Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust) but adding some craziness, imagination and lots of creativity. It has huge historical Naval heritage and following – a big story behind it and one which is growing!  We’ve previously made a hotdog cardboard boat which won a creativity award at Seawork International 2018!  Our design is fuelled with creativity, laughter, craziness and some Red Bull.  It’ll be a ‘step back in time machine’…just watch us go!

Please vote for us at

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Landau UK’s Chief Executive, Ben Metcalfe and his 7-year-old daughter ‘Hope’ are taking on a challenge at the end of July to drive from John O’Groats to Lands’ End in a 1955 Land Rover to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Ben’s Story:

Okay okay, so I accept John O’Groats to Land’s End is not that far….. in fact, our ‘planned’ route is just a little over 1200 miles. So how can that be an adventure or endurance challenge?  Well it’s not that I don’t know what either of them necessarily mean, as having completed several desert crossings in a variety of vehicles and been the first Brit to ever complete the Dakar held in Argentina and Peru, I have experienced those moments of adventure and endurance where all seems lost, coupled with sheer exhaustion to the point of hallucination.  But as in life, sometimes you have to dig deep and do just one more little bit and then again just one more little bit. So, given that, how is this tiny trip not even leaving the UK, endurance?

Well for a start our vehicle is not built for distance of any sort!! It’s a 1955 Land Rover pickup showing the test of time and a very hard life!

My co driver who will be helping during the inevitable breakdowns and sharing the cab for up to 8 hours a day, camping and staying in each other’s space at all times, is my 7 year old daughter…… (now those amongst us who have done just a 4 hour trip with children in a modern car with maybe a radio, or DVD player to distract them from the “are we there yet!” think back ….. 12 days, between 3 and 8 hours per day, no radio, no air con, child doing the navigation without assistance…… surely you now do nothing more than consider this an endurance event of one of the highest types…. I think the Dakar will be a walk in the park by comparison; I mean even on that you get a rest day!!)

So why are we doing it? Well personally, it’s to strengthen that magical bond between daddy and daughter….. For my daughter it’s to see the natural beauty of our surroundings, to grow in confidence and not be worried by unplanned experiences that will undoubtedly happen along the way, but in a safe environment…. to give her lifelong memories!

But also, and more importantly in so many ways, we are doing this to raise awareness and money for a very special charity I was lucky enough to be invited to hear more about earlier this year.  I was just inspired and energised by the sheer positivity of every person in that charity, whether that be an employee, volunteer, or indeed even a recipient of the amazing charity Ellen MacArthur trust.

We need you…. If anyone can help raise the profile of this car and our little adventure to bring attention and money to an inspiring charity, then please do – all ideas welcome!

More details on the challenge are on his JustGiving page

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust @emctrust or #confidenceaftercancer & #trusttribe

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Landau UK’s Commercial Division are delighted to confirm that they will be exhibiting, once again, at Seawork for 2019 – Stand Number PG11.

Seawork is a ‘one stop shop’ for buyers, providing access to the commercial marine and workboat markets. It is the largest European commercial marine exhibition.

For over 21 years Seawork has offered a unique combination of undercover exhibition space, open air demonstrations and floating displays.

The exhibition encompasses:

  • 18,000m² of undercover space spread over two purpose-built exhibition halls
  • Purpose built pontoons for more than 70 vessels and floating exhibits
  • Demonstrations out on the water
  • Quayside area for trailers, large exhibits and outdoor demonstrations
  • Excellent conference and meeting facilities

The event is being held over 3 days, at Mayflower Park in Southampton:

Tuesday 11 June 2019                09.30 – 17:30

Wednesday 12 June 2019          09.30 – 17:30

Thursday 13 June 2019               09.30 – 17:00

Landau UK Commercial will be showcasing a range of commercial marine products and services, including the new anchor specifically designed for the commercial marine marketing, the award-winning smart kill cord ‘Lifecord’ and thermal imaging cameras plus much more.

Find out more about Seawork 2019

Come and visit us on Stand PG11.

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Landau UK are delighted to have won the contract from Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust to refit and refurbish one of the last remaining landing crafts – Foxtrot 8 – which was used during the Falklands conflict.  This project is being funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds and is part of the Trust’s wider “Memorial Fleet” project. The Memorial Fleet project will create an operational Memorial Fleet of small historic craft which have played a significant role in the defence of the nation during the Twentieth Century – from the First World War to the Falklands.

Foxtrot 8 served aboard the Amphibious Assault Ship HMS Fearless in the Falklands conflict in 1982, and landed 3 Commando Brigade at San Carlos Water, the notorious “bomb alley”, during the night of 21 May as part of Operation Sutton. 3 Commando Brigade, reinforced by 2 Para and 3 Para, then marched across East Falkland to Stanley.

Foxtrot 8 can carry 35 fully equipped Royal Marine Commandos or two land rovers. She was one of four assault craft of this type taking the pennant numbers F5 – F8, that were carried on davits on HMS Fearless and is currently housed in Boathouse 4.

Landau UK will use their 25+ years’ experience and knowledge and work incredibly closely with the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust and their volunteer workforce, many of whom are armed forces veterans, to get this vessel restored back to her former glory.

Commenting on this contract win, Ben Metcalfe, Chief Executive Officer at Landau UK said: “We are delighted to have secured this contract from the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust to bring this vessel of historical importance back to her former glory.  Landau UK have extensive experience and first-hand knowledge of vessels similar to the F8, and we feel that our proposal clearly demonstrated our approach to sympathetically restore her.  We are excited to be involved in this project and look forward to working with the Trust’s volunteers and Students of the International Boatbuilding Training College – Portsmouth (IBTC-P).”

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Landau UK’s Commercial Division are delighted to confirm that they will be exhibiting, once again, at DSEI for 2019 – Stand Number S10-235. DSEI brings together the entire defence and security industry to source the latest equipment and systems, develop international relationships, and generate new business opportunities.

Held every 2 years DSEI 2017 was a major success with more exhibitors and educational content than ever before.

DSEI 2017 statistics:

  • 35,000 attendees from 104 countries
  • 1,600 global defence & security suppliers of all sizes exhibited from 54 countries
  • 40 international pavilions

The event is being held over 4 days, at ExCel in London:

Tuesday 10 September 2019                09.30am – 17:00

Wednesday 11 September 2019          09.30am – 17:00

Thursday 12 September 2019              09.30am – 17:00

Friday 13 September 2019                    09.30am – 16:00

During the 4 days DSEI will host around 300 seminar sessions and keynotes across seven theatres, four strategic conferences and a range of live demonstrations, facilitating knowledge sharing and networking around key topics and technical areas.

Landau UK Commercial will be showcasing the latest range of commercial marine products and services, including the award-winning smart kill cord ‘Lifecord’, thermal imaging cameras plus much more.

Find out more about DSEI 2019

Come and visit us on Stand S10-235.

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Lifecord nominated for the final round of the Dame Awards

As the official distributor, Landau UK Commercial is delighted to announce that the smart kill cord ‘Lifecord’ has today been nominated as one of the final round products for the Dame Awards 2018 in the Lifesaving and Safety Equipment category.

The Dame Awards is the most significant marine equipment competition of its kind, anywhere in the world. For 28 years, it has focused attention on the art and science of design in all aspects, from styling, functionality and innovation, through to ease of implementation, practicality of use – and even packaging. It is judged by a panel of top naval architects, boat, interior and industrial designers, plus user experts. To be nominated and then to win a DAME Category and attain the ultimate prize of DAME Award Overall Winner marks a product as being at the pinnacle of design practice in the industry.

The category winners and overall Dame Award winner will be announced on the morning of the first day of the METSTRADE Show which is being held from the 13-15 November 2018 at RAI in Amsterdam.

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Double Award Celebration for Lifecord and Landau UK Commercial

Last night was a double celebration for Landau UK Commercial as they won not one but two awards at the prestigious European Commercial Marina Awards 2018 at Seawork International.  Landau UK Commercial entered the Lifecord, which is a newly designed kill cord providing the certainty and reliability of a tethered connection between a boat’s engine ignition kill switch and pilot, ensuring the vessel’s engine stops should the pilot be inadvertently thrown from the helm, into the Innovations Showcase in the category of ‘Safety and Training’ and were delighted to win this category award.  It was then announced that Landau UK Commercial had also won the much coveted overall ‘Spirit of Innovation’ Award.

Ben Metcalfe, Chief Executive, explained, “The Lifecord is a unique design that works with any vessel switch and detects when it is being worn, via a waterproof, tension sensoring device – perfect for the commercial marine sector. We are absolutely delighted to have won the category and Spirit of Innovation Awards at last night’s Seawork International ECMA Awards Ceremony.  Winning the awards reinforces that there is a gap in the commercial marine market which the Lifecord can fulfil and will without doubt save many lives”.

To find out more on this new Award-Winning lifesaving product please call Landau UK on +44 (0) 1489 577 588 or purchase online

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We're Recruiting.....

If you’re looking to join an award winning team….here at Landau UK in Swanwick, Southampton we’re currently recruiting for:

Marine Engineers

We are looking for several Marine Engineers – including electrical, engineering (engine servicing etc.) and general maintenance for retrofit, maintenance and repairing of vessels from the trade, commercial and leisure marine sector. The roles will be based out of the Landau UK Head Office in Swanwick Marina, Southampton but there will be an element of travelling as and when required.

The roles require individuals who are able to use their own initiative, who are good communicators with an eye for detail and a passion for quality.

If you are interested in finding out more about these roles please email or call +44 (0)1489 577588.

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Landau UK Exhibiting at METSTRADE 2018

Landau UK are delighted to be once again exhibiting, at METSTRADE 2018 and would like to invite you to join us in the British Pavilion, Hall 3 on Stand 03.212. The Marine Equipment Trade Show will be held from 13-15 November 2018 at the RAI Exhibition Centre, providing a key industry event over three days.

Landau UK will be showcasing the latest range of commercial marine products and services, including Efficiency, Coding and Safety, Service & Maintenance, Equipment, Support and Installation.

Find out more about METSTRADE 2018.

To register to attend please visit

Come and visit us on stand 03.212.


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Landau UK are delighted to announce that they have been awarded the prestigious accolade as the UK’s only official distributor of the new Seabob Rescue. The new Seabob Rescue has been specifically designed for rescue operations at sea, on the coasts, in standing or flowing inshore waters, or even as a surveillance scooter for water sports events. It’s operational anytime and anywhere and the ease of mobility makes it independent of fixed rescue stations. In rescue operations with dangerous currents occur, the Seabob distinguishes itself through its patented E-Jet Power System which cuts effortlessly through tide and current.

The Seabob Rescue is the perfect rescue vehicle for immediate response due to its low overall weight meaning in any emergency situation, a single lifeguard can carry the Seabob Rescue using his own muscular power.

Landau UK have been working with Cayago who produce the Seabob and Seabob Rescue for a number of years, providing customers across the world with the latest and full range of Seabobs and accessories. Recently Landau UK provided a Seabob for use in Jason Statham’s latest action movie ‘Mechanic Resurrection’.

Mark Dixon, Key Account & Sales Manager at Landau is responsible for the ‘go to market’ strategy for this new Seabob Rescue. Announcing this news, Mark commented, “Landau UK are delighted to have been chosen as the only UK distributor of the new Seabob Rescue immediate response vehicle. We are very much looking forward to seeing this unique rescue vehicle being used across the country saving lives securely.”

For further details on the Seabob Rescue call Landau UK on +44 (0)1489 577588 or email


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Landau UK Gains ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Landau UK are delighted to be one of the only marine services companies in the UK to be certified for the new ISO 9001:2015 with a UKAS Certification Body. Landau UK has and will continue to ensure its processes and systems are adapted and improved to meet the highest quality system standards, improving not only management of internal processes, but also and more importantly ensuring customer focus and delivery of customer excellence.

Commenting on the company’s achievement, Jon Crossland, Managing Director said “The Company’s achievement provides a number of key benefits for both the business and, in turn, customers.  Certification to ISO 9001:2015 provides assurance that Landau UK has developed its management system to meet the growing needs of customers and other key stakeholders, identifies future customer needs, improves customer retention with better customer service and addresses supply chain management more effectively.”

Ben Metcalfe, Chief Executive commented “As a business we saw the benefits of being one of the first marine businesses in the UK to show our commitment to the new ISO standards. We have worked extremely hard to ensure our systems and processes are in place and our staff are fully trained.

Our prime measurable objectives include continuing to develop a high level of customer satisfaction, delivering all of our projects on time and in full, meeting our customers’ needs and expectations.”

For further details on Landau UK please call +44 (0)1489 577588 or email

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Following many seasons of low maintenance, the Mexeflotes from 52 Squadron in Marchwood were in need of a bit of TLC in order to get them fully operational. Landau UK Commercial through Babcock were approached to inspect the Mexeflotes and put togetjer an action plan to ‘make them good’.

Landau UK Commercial set about repairing the Mexeflotes. A completely new epoxy paint system was introduced, as were new non slip decking with many samples sent to the end user to make sure we hit the right combination of grip and durability.

“The Mexeflote is a valuable resource of the MOD and has capabilities no other craft can achieve, therefore needing maintaining to a very high standard. After several years of maintenance using old systems and procedures we are proud to bring this craft inline with modern systems” Mark Finch

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Landau UK wins Marine Management Organisation (MMO) English Fishing Vessel Contract

Landau UK, specialists in delivering award winning installations, refits, remodel and restoration of equipment and systems to all leisure and commercial marine vessels, are delighted to have won a 3 year contract with Defra and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to provide engineering services for the testing of engine power of fishing vessels around the UK.

Landau will use its expertise and skill set to ensure that the EU Regulations 1224/2009 and 404/2011 which require fishing vessel output is recorded correctly on its registration and whilst on fishing licence. This testing, which will be undertaken at sea, will determine the overall UK fishing fleet capacity in terms of power, at any one time.

Landau UK will measure shaft torque and revolutions per min (rpm), as well as engine power calculations using established constants for the properties of the steel in the shaft. The recorded information will accurately access the output of the engine at the shaft. Landau’s investment in this equipment can be used on any shaft driven vessel for a variety of purposes from proving engine performance to fault diagnosis.

Commenting on this contract win, Ben Metcalfe, Managing Director at Landau UK said: “We are delighted to have secured this 3 year contract with DEFRA and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), which clearly demonstrates our expertise in the monitoring and testing of fishing vessels on large-scale projects.”

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Landau UK repaired, serviced and made seaworthy the Cheverton Champ after severe storm damage.

A local based Sea Cadet unit from Warsash were without one of their workboat training vessels when it suffered severe damage after being ripped from its mooring, leaving it in an unseaworthy state.

Working in partnership with Babcock, the Cheverton Champ vessel was one of the projects Landau UK were appointed to repair and service in order to make it seaworthy again and preventing it becoming a write off. This was all achieved within budget.

The damage was reported to Babcock at 7:30pm , by 8:45 the following morning the boat had been collected by Landau, lifted and the process of assessing the damage began. Now the finished product is better than before” Alun Davies, Project Manager, Babcock International

You’ve done a great job! It’s impressive seeing her back into the water now and compare how badly damaged she was” Matteo Fasce, Surveyor, Lloyds Register Mari

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Congratulations to Row2Recovery, the first all amputee team to cross the finish line of the world’s toughest rowing race.

Landau UK are proud sponsors of Row2Recovery, a team of four; Cayle Royce, Paddy Gallagher, Nigel Rogoff and Lee Spencer, who completed the Talisker Whisky Challenge in 46 days 6 hours and 49 minutes.

Row2Recovery completed the arduous challenge to raise funds for Help for Heroes, Blemsa and Prince Harry’s Endeavour Fund.

The crew received a congratulatory call via Skype from Price Harry shortly after their arrival.

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Landau UK launches new out of hours support number – 0800 246 1767

Leading marine retrofit specialist Landau UK are proud to launch their new out of hours support service.

As a full service provider, Landau UK Commercial has recently established strong relationships within the commercial side of the marine industry and defined its new commercial arm during 2014, working with the likes of Babcock, the MOD and other similar maritime partners.

Landau UK commercial are now furthering their commitment to continually go beyond.

Landau UK’s team of engineers regularly travel to all corners of the world, providing innovative solutions to any idea or requirement, using the latest products and techniques, now they’ll be available 24/7 should you require support with any of the following:

  • Emergency contract assistance
  • Customer assistance and support
  • Technical assistance

Landau UK’s 24/7 telephone support is free of charge, the service is only chargeable if an engineer has to come out to your boat.

Landau UK’s out of hours support number – 0800 246 1767

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Skipper Expo, 30th & 31st October 2015 

Originally tested in the haulage and plant industry and now well received into the marine industry in 2013 by commercial boat builders, Landau UK is proud to be showcasing the latest Fuel Purification System, a great addition to a Fisherman’s vessel.

MLS Fuel Purifier

The MLS Fuel Purifier is designed to remove both water and solid particulates from even the dirtiest, most contaminated fuel, prolonging an engine’s life.

Engine benefits:

  • Avoid fuel/water related breakdowns
  • Maintain exhaust emission standards
  • Extend engine rebuild and life
  • Remove solid/semi solid contaminants such as dirt, rust and sludge

Major environmental benefits:

  • Cleaner engine combustion
  • Save on paper consumables as the Fuel Purifier is filter-less
  • Significantly extend the life of the standard fuel filter
  • Fewer unscheduled repairs and calls outs

Installed between the fuel tank and the primary fuel filter/water separator, the MLS Fuel Purifier acts as the first line of defence by removing water, dirt, sludge and grit.

Call Landau UK on +44 (0)1489 577588 or email


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Skipper Expo Satellite TV Showcase


As the number 1 in global maritime satellite communication antenna systems, Landau UK is proud to be showcasing the compact and powerful marine satellite TV antenna systems from Intellian. The idea downtime solution for fishing crew wishing to sit back and relax on those long trips.

llian i-Series

Intellian’s i-Series provides outstanding TV reception, that makes watching TV on-board easier and more enjoyable than you ever imagined.

  • Auto satellite switching function from your remote control
  • Compatible with leading satellite TV service providers around the world
  • Built in GPS enables faster signal acquisition
  • Simplicity of design, no external compass or rate sensors required
  • Built-in HD module for Ku-band HD TV reception


The Intellian i3 provides superior tracking performance compared to antenna systems of a similar size. With its stylish dome, the i3 is ideal for boats over 8 m (25 ft). The i3’s high signal gain makes it the best performing 37 cm (15 in) antenna system available today.

  • Built in Wi-Fi enables one touch diagnostic and updates from your PC or iOS device
  • 60° per second turn rate ensures signal tracking at high speeds and in rough seas
  • Travel further North or South with an extended elevation range of 10° to 80°


Power and efficiency makes the 14 the most popular 45 cm (18 inch) Satellite TV system for pleasure boats, fishing boats, workboats and commercial vessels approximately 12 m (35 ft) to 20 m (60 ft) in length.

  • Equipped with Automatic Skew Control, which allows for better satellite tracking on vessels operating over greater distances
  • 50° per second turn rate ensures signal tracking at high speeds and in rough seas
  • Travel further North or South with an extended elevation range of 0° to 90°


With easy installation, its user-friendly operation and powerful performance, tuning into your favourite TV channels couldn’t be easier.

Call Landau UK on +44 (0)1489 577588 or email

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