BRIDGE ERECTION BOAT (BEB)
EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION AND DATA
CAPABILITIES AND FEATURES
The MK II-S Bridge Erection Boat (BEB) is a 27-ft workboat, primarily used in support of government
bridging operations. It is designed to provide the propulsion and maneuvering thrust to assemble both
standard and improved ribbon bridges, build and maneuver rafts, and serve as a floating anchor for
The boat has subsidiary missions to support diving operations, assist in maritime construction projects,
serve as troop and cargo carriers, patrol inland waters, support reconnaissance missions, and act as a safety
The BEB is transported, launched, and retrieved by an M1977 Common Bridge Transporter (CBT) truck,
equipped with an M14 Improved Boat Cradle (IBC). BEBs are maintainable using the personnel and
equipment assigned to Multi-Role Bridge Company (MRBC) units.
The boat is capable of rotating on its own axis at low engine speeds. It also can be operated in all weather
operational conditions. All MK II-S boats have a tow hook for towing, tiedowns for stationary roles, and
lifting shackles for boat transport by road, rail, sea, or air.