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Alfred Cheyne Finds Overseas Projects for New Winch Designs

01 May 2002

Scottish winch manufacturer Alfred Cheyne Engineering (ACE) has reacted to a downturn in its traditional fishing industry market by investing in new design and quality systems which have allowed the company to target larger and more specialist marine winching projects and customers overseas.

Trumpeting the message that maritime companies are not limited to America and Scand1navia when looking for expertise and experience in marine winching equipment, ACE won an order in late January from Singapore-based marine contractor Consolidated Pipe Carriers. CPC required ten 25 tonne pull, hydraulically driven, constant tension mooring winches and 10 electro-hydraulic power packs. All packages were completed, air freighted to Singapore and commissioned on board CPC vessels within seven weeks.

The ACE manufactured equipment allowed CPC to moor their pipe carrying freighters alongside a pipe laying vessel working for BP off Vietnam, proving the new concept that freighters can tranship oil field pipe laying equipment to the pipe laying vessel.

Also this year, ACE has designed, manufactured and delivered a package of five winches to Thales Geosolutions.

ACE carried out a major hydraulic installation on board the research vessel Askelad in Las Palmas. The ACE manufactured winches were then transhipped to meet the vessel in Ghana for offshore seismic operations. ACE also designed, manufactured and supplied an ROV winch and hydraulic power pack which was installed on a vessel in Hull before it sailed to operations in the South China Sea off Vietnam.

MJ Information No: 17021

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