Christina S expands range at Leith dry dock

The Christina S is seen in Dales’ Leith dry dock. The Christina S is seen in Dales’ Leith dry dock.
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Dales Marine Services has taken another significant step forward in the development of activity at its Leith dry dock, with work there for the first time on a fishing vessel.

The Fraserburgh pelagic trawler, Christina S, docked to undergo a wash, painting and the fitting of a new transducer during May.

Adding to the growing list of users of the Imperial Dock, the trawler was the first fishing industry contract secured by Dales Marine for the facility on Scotland’s east coast since beginning to operate there just over a year ago.

Michael Milne, Dales Marine director and general manager said, “The success is another important stage in our development of operations at the refurbished Leith dock and in line with our strategy of adding a second facility to open up new markets. The Christina S’s draught is too deep for her to be handled in our Aberdeen dock. She is also too big for ship lifts in the north-east and, at 76m, too long for dry docking there. The Leith dock is ideal for accommodating pelagic trawlers and, for the industry, a very viable alternative to work being undertaken overseas.”

Dales Marine started the year at the double, with a hat trick of simultaneous dockings at its Aberdeen and Leith facilities.

In the first double docking at Imperial Dock, Sealion’s Toisa Independent and Vroon Offshore’s Vos Supporter were in at the same time, the Toisa vessel for UHP hull blasting and main propulsion overhauls, while Vroon’s vessel underwent a special survey, including engine overhauls.

Vos Server and Vos Guardian were also at Leith in another double docking, Server for a special survey; steel work repairs, mainly in tanks; new propellers and work on the tailshafts, and Guardian for an intermediate docking.

Sartor Offshore’s Ocean Spey and Shetland Island Council’s ferry, Linga, docked simultaneously in Aberdeen, both for 11 days. Ocean Spey was in  for an intermediate docking and engine and propulsion work, Linga for painting.

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