A&P Great North Air Ambulance Service Donation

by tocle on August 28th, 2012 - Comments Off

A&P Great North Air Ambulance Service Donation

A&P North East recently sponsored a local golf competition in support of the Great North Air Ambulance Service which is a charity that provides air ambulance cover across Cumbria, Teesside, the North East and North Yorkshire.  It relies on the generosity of the public and corporate supporters to raise the £4 million needed to run the service 365 days a year and does not receive any Government or Lottery funding.

GNAAS has helicopters based at Langwathby near Penrith and Durham Tees Valley Airport.  From these locations they are able to fly anywhere in the region within 15 minutes.  On average it takes a seriously ill or injured patient over an hour to see a consultant in a hospital – GNAAS take the consultant to the patient, and then fly them to the best hospital for their continued care, not necessarily the nearest hospital.
The Golf competition on Sept 5th at Rockcliffe Hall near Darlington will see local professional football clubs taking part as well as companies and individuals from across the North.  Teams already signed up include Sunderland AFC, Middlesbrough Football Club, Hartlepool United, Carlisle United and Darlington 1883.  Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper is also entering a team from Newcastle United.

A&P Falmouth waves farewell to employees with almost 100 years service

by tocle on August 16th, 2012 - Comments Off

A&P Falmouth waves farewell to employees with almost 100 years service

A&P Falmouth has waved a fond farewell to two of its longest standing employees, who between them have accumulated almost 100 years of dedicated service.

Dennis McGinn, 65 (49 years’ service), and Philip Ball, 64 (48 years’ service), who both live in Falmouth, retired last week.

Peter Child, Managing Director of A&P Falmouth, said: “Our most important asset is our people and we are proud to have such a loyal and settled workforce.

“Dennis and Phil are two of our longest-serving employees – 48 and 49 years is a lengthy time by anyone’s standards – and we are honoured they have been with us for so long.

“We are really grateful to Dennis and Phil for all their years of hard work, and wish them a long, healthy and enjoyable retirement.

10 facts you should know about A&P Falmouth

by tocle on August 16th, 2012 - Comments Off

10 facts you should know about A&P Falmouth

FACT 5

Fact 1 – A&P Falmouth is one of the biggest commercial shiprepair companies in the UK.  The yard covers 75 acres with 3 drydocks including the largest dry dock on the UK south coast 40m wide and 253m long, the size of 2 Wembley football pitches.

Fact 2 – As well as A&P Falmouth there are over 30 tenants and businesses operating in The Docks ranging from multinationals like Pendennis Shipyard and World Fuels to specialist  local companies including Denholm Wilhelmsen, Falmouth Fishselling,  JH Bunn Fertilisers,  SubMarine Services and Marine & Transport Services (MTS).

Fact 3 – A&P Falmouth is the largest engineering, steel fabrication and painting and blasting company in Cornwall.  There is over 9,000m2 of workshop facilities, 9 major cranes with combined lift of 300t and a wide range of specialist skills and services in house.

Fact 4 – A&P Falmouth is a leading industry force in the renewable energy sector already working with both local and international partners to develop wave and tidal energy in Cornwall and the UK.  Falmouth is the closest port to the recently opened FaBTest site and the closest major port to Wave Hub.

Fact 5 – In the last 5 years A&P has recruited 33 adult trainees and there are currently 13 adult trainees, principally Marine Engineers, under in-house training and due to qualify in 2013.

NEW UNIVERSITY QUALIFICATION FOR PORT SECURITY

by tocle on August 15th, 2012 - Comments Off

NEW UNIVERSITY QUALIFICATION FOR PORT SECURITY

A&P Group’s Terry Bytheway HS&E Manager NE and John Leckie Asset Manager NE have recently undertaken a University Certificate in Professional Development (UCPD) Ports Facility Security. The main aim of the UCPD Ports Facility Security is to ensure the knowledge, understanding and application of the International Ship and Port Facility Security code and ISPS. The ISPS code was developed and introduced in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. It is a set of special measures that were introduced to enhance maritime security in the international convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Fundamental to the role of a port facility security officer is the ability to identify threats and vulnerabilities within their particular port facility area therefore Terry and John are able to apply these practices to A&P’s yards and the vessels that come into them.

A&P Tyne are already in possession of an approved Port Facility Security Plan which fulfils the ISPS Code given by the Department of Transport.

John Leckie added, “It is very important for the safety of the yard and its staff to have gained further knowledge of port security. This awareness and understanding will prove pivotal to ensure we are fully prepared for any security breach”.