Irish Ferries dock with A&P Group

by tocle on February 12th, 2015 - Comments Off

Irish Ferries dock with A&P Group

Oscar Wilde, the luxurious Irish Ferries passenger ferry, has docked in at A&P Group’s Falmouth shipyard for her annual maintenance and painting programme.

A regular visitor to A&P Falmouth the ship with her distinctive blue hull and Shamrocked-funnel is pictured below at sunset.

The vessel was launched in 1986 and has carried the name Oscar Wilde since 2007, she can carry 1458 passengers and 580 cars.

Falmouth Docks will be unique venue for night of dance, music and film

by tocle on January 19th, 2015 - Comments Off

Falmouth Docks will provide a dramatic industrial backdrop for an innovative evening of dance, music and film taking place on Saturday January 24.

A&P Falmouth stepped in to offer one of its buildings at the Docks as the venue for the performance after being approached by former Falmouth University graduate Grace Clayton.

The new piece – called RULES – is Grace’s first piece of independent choreography and will feature seven undergraduate 2nd year performers from Falmouth University.

Grace said: “The piece is based on the idea of breaking social rules and my hope was to organise a performance in early 2015 in a warehouse space, which proved to be far more challenging than originally anticipated.

“I approached A&P and they kindly offered to show me round and see what we could do. Since then it has all been incredible, A&P’s support and generosity has been amazing and I couldn’t have asked for more.

“I also need to thank the amazing team at AMATA (Academy of Music and Theatre Arts) at Falmouth University in so many ways, especially the technical team who have been incredible at helping me bring the evening to life.”

Peter Child, Managing Director at A&P Falmouth, said: “The Docks are such an integral part of the fabric of Falmouth and so we are always enthusiastic to support the local community when possible. Hosting an arts event in an industrial setting may well be a first for us in the Docks but we were only too happy to help out.”

The event itself is takes place on Saturday January 24 January 8.30pm and will feature:

  • A video installation which Grace has collaborated on with Luca Parasiliti a student of BA(Hons) Film at Falmouth.
  • The dance piece itself entitled RULES.
  • Following this will be a performance by artist Dominic Allen, a DJ set by Paul Kelly and Alex Smith with VJing by Emma Walsh.  Ian Biscoe a Phd student who specialises in real time communications has also been involved with creating the visual experience of the evening.

Tickets costing £7 are available in advance only at the following link:

Working Safely at A&P means big donations for charities

by tocle on December 5th, 2014 - Comments Off

A&P North East have once again shown that Health & Safety is a top priority for their sites on the Tyne and Tees Rivers. As part of an incentive scheme for the workforce which allows staff to raise any concerns/improvements, A&P have also used this to raise money for charity. Each ACCE card (Accident, Control, Care of Environment) that is filled in equates to a cash amount. This is added up over the month. At random one card is picked from the hat which means a cash prize for the lucky winner and also a donation to a charity of their choice.

Managing Director, Darren Brown commented, “The commitment to HSEQ at A&P shown by our workforce is first class. We have an excellent, experienced team working hard but critically in a safe, efficient manner. Time and time again our team have proven by completing tasks in a safe manner, with care to our environment and right first time is the most cost effective, efficient and safe way of working.

Not only is it of benefit to A&P but to our clients and of course now these well deserving charities chosen by the workforce”.

The below are just some of the charities that have benefitted from the scheme.

macmillan zoes

nspcc cashforkids gracehouse mesothelioma

Plea for festive messages to RFA Argus this Christmas

by tocle on November 24th, 2014 - Comments Off

Plea for festive messages to RFA Argus this Christmas

PLANS are underway for a heartfelt festive video message to be sent from Falmouth to the RFA Argus – giving the 360 crew on board a morale boost in time for Christmas.

Thousands waved off the medical ship as she left her home port of Falmouth in October en route to Sierra Leone, where she is now assisting in the fight against Ebola.

Spearheaded by Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton, and taken to heart by A&P Falmouth and Falmouth University, the video has been titled Happy Christmas RFA Argus, Love Falmouth.

The idea is to send a short video message full of good wishes from the local community to those on board the RFA Argus this Christmas.

Sarah Newton said: “’I am delighted that A&P and Falmouth University have come together, enabling the making of a Christmas message for the crew of RFA Argus. We are all very proud of her crew and the vital work they do. I hope as many local organisations as possible will get involved so we wish can them a Happy Christmas in the true Falmouth style!”

Peter Child, Managing Director of A&P Falmouth, said: “We know how difficult it is being away from home and loved ones at Christmas. Those on board RFA Argus have a vital job to do and we want to take this opportunity to show them just how grateful we are.

“As its home port, Falmouth has long-standing relations with the RFA Argus and we hope the whole town will get behind us and help send a little bit of home to the ship this festive season.”

The team behind the video, which will be released on YouTube the week before Christmas, are appealing for local organisations, schools and businesses to get involved by recording their own brief messages or taking photos to be included in the video.

Ideas include musical tributes, fancy dress or holding up homemade signs and cards. Mrs Newton will be recording her own video tribute and A&P Falmouth is planning a suitably jolly missive.

Mr Child said: “Why not record a message during school assembly or take a photo of your sports team or business sending Christmas wishes? It can be poignant, humorous or celebratory – it really is up to you. It only takes five minutes and every single message will be a reminder to those on board the RFA Argus of how much we appreciate what they are doing. Please get involved.”

A book of Christmas messages has been opened by Falmouth Town Council, and held in the library, for anyone who would like to send a greeting.

Videos and photos should be sent to The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 8.

Messages can also be left on the Facebook page, Happy Christmas RFA Argus, Love Falmouth.

The A&P Group has a contract to support and maintain RFA ships, including the Argus, at home and abroad until at least 2018. The Cluster Support Programme, introduced in 2008, brings together grouped contracts of vessels, hence Clusters, for longer terms with benefits of improved maintenance of platforms, increased availability and value for money.

The Cluster Support Team is based in Falmouth and consists of UK MoD and A&P personnel along with serving ship staff (in shore posts). Working together A&P Cluster Director, Gerald Pitts and MoD Cluster Team Leader, Kevin Murray, ensure all aspects of engineering support are managed and delivered, maintaining capability and availability of each platform around the globe 24 hours a day.