A&P Tyne wins wind power work
European Supporter has undergone alteration and overhaul works at A&P Tyne.
A&P Tyne in the UK has won a contract with an important new client, P&O Maritime Services, carrying out conversion work on the company’s European Supporter cable laying vessel.
The Hebburn yard has carried out numerous repairs and refurbishments for P&O Ferries but this is their first commission from Australian based P&O Maritime Services.
The European Supporter has been equipped to install power cables between wind turbines to take advantage of the rapidly expanding offshore renewables market in the UK and Europe.
The 106m long vessel is equipped to perform a wide variety of installation, cable handling and burial tasks for the offshore renewables, telecommunications and oil and gas sectors.
A&P Tyne manufactured and installed a 7m long, abrasion resistant steel chute onto the vessel’s stern, from which cables are lowered onto the sea bed.
Other work included a major overhaul of the generators, modifications to the steelwork inside the hangar accommodating the ROVs and to the switchboard, electrical repairs and refurbishment of the pumps.
The European Supporter has the capacity to accommodate 5,000 tons of power cable in two static tanks, using a newly installed power cable loading arm.
A&P Tyne project manager Paul Baker said, “The European Supporter is fairly unique, there are only certain vessels around the world capable of doing the work she is equipped to do.
“The job has gone well. It shows what A&P can offer, not just to P&O Maritime Services but to customers throughout the renewable industry. There are a lot of companies now converting vessels for multiple roles to meet the needs of the renewable energy sector and we can turn our hand to any fabrication work.”
Martin Robertson, A&P Tyne sales and marketing manager added, “The European Supporter reflects how P&O Maritime Services and other companies are converting vessels so they can work in the offshore wind sector, which will be a major development in the North Sea.
“We are ideally placed to service that offshore wind sector and there’s a lot going on at the yard in terms of investment and development in relation to that.”
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