Slipping capability doubled at Pembroke

Slip trolley Mainstay Marine Solutions’ trolleys will be capable of slipping vessels up to 650t
Industry Database

The slipping capability at Pembroke Dock has been nearly doubled with the introduction of a new trolley recovery system.

Mainstay Marine Solutions’ trolleys will be capable of slipping vessels up to 650t directly into one of the company’s undercover sheds at its yard in the dock’s deepwater port. Previously, Mainstay’s slipping capacity was 350t.

Stewart Graves, Mainstay’s managing director, commented: “The additional tonnage capability will allow us to service vessels we have previously had to turn away. Our marine servicing sector is a key part of our business, it is essential that we continue to reinvest in our facilities to keep up with demand.”

Servicing 45m vessels

Fabricated in-house, the trolleys will be capable of slipping 45m long vessels with a maximum 12m beam and 4m draft.

The trolleys are expected to complement the company’s existing facilities including a wet basin, four slipways (two covered) and a Ro-Ro slipway.

The investment forms part of a larger facilities upgrade and Mainstay are also in the final stages of purchasing a 150-200t amphibian boat hoist with the assistance of Coastal Communities Fund (CFF) funding. The hoist will be capable of lifting vessels out of the water and moving around the site and workshops as necessary.

Nigel Johnson, marine services manager, said: ‘’Clients are requesting more and more that certain work is undertaken in more controlled environments away from the elements, the investment in our facilities helps to address this. We look forward to welcoming existing and new customers into our yard.”

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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