by mitay on May 23rd, 2013 - No Comments
A local wind farm at Carland Cross in Cornwall is being repowered and the export of all its existing 15 wind turbines is being undertaken by A&P Falmouth.
The turbines which stand 37 metres high and weigh 50 tonnes each are being delivered to Falmouth Docks over a two week period and A&P Falmouth will export them in June to their new home in Lithuania.
by mitay on May 10th, 2013 - No Comments
Three cruise ships get the Falmouth cruise season started and a special treat was waiting for the passengers – the majesty of a horse-drawn double-decker omnibus.
Over the early May Bank Holiday weekend the cruise ships Island Sky (5 May), Discovery (6 May) and Emerald Princess (7 May) visited Falmouth with a combined total of 3,930 passengers, many of whom took a leisurely ride onboard the only carriage of its kind in use in the UK, led by shire horses George and Ringo. The omnibus has iron-shod wheels and takes up to 18 passengers at a time and is an original item that dates back to 1860 where it started life as a horse-drawn tram in Southampton docks.
Dozens of more contemporary coaches were seen leaving the Port going in various directions taking passengers to a variety of Cornish attractions.
by mitay on May 9th, 2013 - No Comments
SITA UK Ltd and Cornwall Council have developed a new waste management initiative in Cornwall that will yield both environmental and economic benefits as waste wood is diverted from landfill.
During 2013, SITA plans to supply around 15,000 tonnes of biomass to the A&P Group, which will store and load the product at its port operation in Falmouth. The biomass will then be used as fuel to power the facility in Sweden which creates electricity and supplies steam to a district heating scheme in Stockholm. In November 2012, Cornwall Council was awarded a grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government to help increase diversion of waste from landfill.
From May some of these funds will be used to enable waste wood to be diverted from landfill. Waste wood from commercial sources, as well as wood deposited at Cornwall’s household waste recycling centres, will be shredded and graded in readiness for shipping to a biomass facility in Sweden.
Mike Reynolds, A&P Falmouth’s Port Operations Director said: “This is a significant new export cargo for the Port which will help to secure jobs in our cargo operation. We are particularly pleased to be able to play our part in making good use of waste material and in the process benefiting the environment.”
by mitay on April 16th, 2013 - No Comments
A&P Falmouth Limited, The Mission to Seafarers, Brittany Ferries and the Royal Navy have teamed up to reunite a husband and wife after 27 years. Captain Tony Lowe, A&P Falmouth’s Dockmaster received the original request for assistance from Louise Allen, and set the wheels in motion.
Louise’s father, Kenneth Victor Allen, had been on the Erlenhain, a Panama-flagged general cargo ship carrying bagged fertilizer when the vessel went missing with the total loss of 7 crew. The vessel had sailed from Gabes and passed Gibraltar on 18/1/86 for New Holland, and last reported on 19/1/86. Louise’s mother, Joan Allen, was left with eight children to raise, following the tragedy. Louise needed help to arrange to scatter her mother’s ashes and lay a wreath for her father at the last known resting place of the vessel and crew. Captain Tony Lowe was able to plot the position of where the Erlenhain’s lifeboat and lifebuoy had been found and estimated that a Brittany Ferry en route to Santander would pass 11.5 miles to the west of 46° 55`N 004° 54`W. With this information to hand he then contacted Penny Phillips of The Mission to Seafarers, and between them were able with the kind assistance of Brittany Ferries, to arrange for Louise to undertake the poignant journey on 1 April 2013 from Plymouth to Santander, with the Captain of the Brittany Ferry’s Pont Aven liaising with Louise to identify where the ship was lost.
Lt Commander Mike Lynch, Falmouth’s Royal Naval Liaison Officer has arranged a biodegradable wreath to be laid on the spot where the Erlenhain went down. Louise said: “I very much appreciate all the assistance I have received from everyone involved and look forward to reuniting my parents after all these years apart”. Brittany Ferries said: “We were delighted to work with The Mission to Seafarers, A&P Falmouth and the Royal Navy, to make the reunion possible, and have been pleased to assist Louise on this very poignant crossing”.