Strong UK ship repair market reported
Global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist A&P Group has reported continued demand for its seven UK dry docks and repair berths.
The strong demand over the past 18 months, reflects the strength of the UK ship repair market.
Teams across all four of A&P’s UK sites have been involved in a number of high-profile projects for vessels in the dredging, ferry, offshore and defence sectors.
In Falmouth, A&P has carried out the fourth special dry-docking survey for Hansom Aggregate Marine’s trailing suction hopper-dredger Arco Beck and is also delivering a major life-extension project for hopper dredger Karissa, soon to be renamed Al Avocet. This includes extensive steel renewals, complete overhaul of the main engine, installation of a new generator, removal of the shaft, overhaul of the propeller hub and accommodation upgrade works, as well as renewal of dredger gears and associated hydraulic equipment upgrades.
Other significant projects in Falmouth include an extensive refit for river-class offshore patrol vessel HMS Severn, which includes a full tail shaft survey and inspection of the anchor, cables and sea valves, as well as the five-year docking and mid-life refit of Torpoint Ferries’ Tamar II. This is the second of three Torpoint Ferries vessels to visit A&P Falmouth as part of a pioneering three-year commercial partnership where A&P carries out pre-planning work and assigns a programme engineer prior to vessel refits.
A&P Falmouth is also delivering a major 250m2 car deck replacement for P&O’s European Seaway in a quick turnaround project. This also called on A&P North East for the fabrication of the 50 tonne car decks using its in-house panel-line and fabrication facility.
In the North East, A&P has delivered the non-routine docking and a special survey docking for Rever Offshore’s diving support vessels Rever Sapphire and Rever Polaris. A&P has also seen heightened interest in its Afloat service, which takes ship repair expertise directly to clients when needed, rather than bringing the vessels to the dock. Work has ranged from small cosmetic repairs to mobilisations in Dublin and the Netherlands, supporting GMS vessels in Blyth, removing bridge decks on three vessels for Caspian Marine Services in Sunderland and carrying our significant temporary repairs to vessels in the Tees following a collision.
By Jake Frith
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