Ferry work keeps A&P Falmouth busy

'Condor Liberation' in dry dock at A&P Falmouth 'Condor Liberation' in dry dock at A&P Falmouth
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UK ship repairer A&P Falmouth has experienced one of its busiest Autumn seasons on record, thanks to a flurry of ferry and commercial projects.

Ferry operators Condor Ferries, Red Funnel, Torpoint, Sandbanks Ferry, and Wightlink have all called for annual repairs and maintenance.  In recent weeks, Condor Liberation, Plym II, Bramblebush Bay and Red Funnel’s Red Falcon have all been in A&P’s dry dock in Falmouth.

A number of other vessels, including Condor Rapide, Red Osprey, Red Eagle, Wightlink’s St Faith and St Clare and Wight & Wight Sun’s Victoria will drydock between December and March, when the traditional ferry season comes to a close.

In addition, Norwegian roll-on/roll-off shipping line United European Car Carriers has appointed A&P Falmouth to provide a major refit, including tail shaft, rudder, steering vein and gear box overhauls, for its vessel Autosun. The 33-day project started at the beginning of December.  The Falmouth team has also commenced a six to eight-week life extension project for Aggregate Industries’ hopper dredger Karissa.

Ian Douglas, Commercial Director at A&P Falmouth said: “Falmouth has been especially busy over the last few months and the dry dock has been in continual use since June.  This looks set to continue well into 2019 as the changes we made to the business earlier in the year continue to bear fruit and help us win new clients. We have invested heavily in HSEQ and this commitment to achieving the very highest standards has been instrumental in some of our newest client wins and will underpin our continued growth.”

By Jake Frith

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