by tocle on July 22nd, 2011 - Comments Off
A&P Group has had a busy summer so far with a number of projects being carried out across our yards in Tyneside, Tees and Falmouth.
The impressive-looking pipelay and construction vessel Seven Oceans has been in dry dock at A&P in Tyne undergoing repairs. Subsea 7 S.A, one of the most well-known subsea construction and installation companies in the world, owns the ship. The vessel, which can lay rigid and flexible pipelines in waters up to 3000 metres deep, has been at the Hebburn yard for refurbishment and repair work to its thrusters, which are used to manoeuvre the vessel.
The Tyne yard also started work on the European Supporter – a ship owned by P&O Maritime Services Australia, a new client to the business – carrying out conversion work on the cable-laying vessel.
A&P Group have been involved in many projects over the years whereby older vessels are repaired or converted in order to set them back to work on the seas. At the Tees yard work has started on the Hanson Aggregate dredger Arco Beck, which has been laid-up since August 2009. The vessel is expected to be in the yard for some eight weeks for a full re-activation and life-extension.
It’s non-stop ship repair and conversion at A&P’s site in Falmouth this month where the yard is seeing one of its busiest month’s this year. The LD Lines ferry Norman Bridge, and International Telecom Marine’s IT Interceptor have undergone repairs at the Falmouth yard over the past month and the Government owned research ship the James Cook is currently in drydock for docking and survey work. Owned by the Natural Environment Research Council the ship sails around the world collecting environmental data in relation climate change.
As part of the MoD ‘Readiness and Sustainment’ program, where A&P support government-to-government sales with the delivery of ex-Royal Navy and RFA vessels to overseas navies, the RFA Largs Bay commenced a 3-month refit and upgrade work package. The ship has been at the Falmouth yard since July and is due to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy in October.
Marine Designs Limited, a subsidiary of A&P Group, has recently been awarded a contract to build and install their award winning Dockmaster pontoon system within the Grimsby Fish Docks. As part of an ongoing agreement between the Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprise and Centrica the companies will use the pontoons as a docking station to enable the safe transfer of offshore and marine personnel from port to their offshore wind farm. Six of the innovative Dockmaster concrete pontoon units will be supplied by September 2011.