SS Shieldhall steams into Dock

by tocle on April 9th, 2014 - Comments Off

SS Shieldhall steams into Dock

SS Shieldhall arrived on the morning tide at Falmouth, steaming all the way into No 4 dock.

A&P Falmouth won the contract for SS Shieldhall against stiff competition from other shipyards.  The contract award highlights the company’s long-term partnering relationship with the SS Shieldhall – the largest steamship of her type in Europe – and the importance of repeat business to A&P.

The contract will see A&P Falmouth undertaking major hull repair and modification work in dry dock, extending the life of the steamship for another 25 years. Work will take place in April 2014 and is being funded by a £1.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Graham Mackenzie, Marketing Director of Solent Steam Packet, said: “It was a highly competitive contract because we had to comply with HLF’s procurement guidelines and get a minimum of three quotes.

“We chose A&P Falmouth because it not only represented the best value for money, but because it put together a very detailed response and we felt it enabled us to go back to the yard we have worked with for the past 10 years, where we have built up a rapport with the management and the workers on the coal face.

“We are delighted to be coming back to A&P Falmouth. If someone had asked where we would really like the work to be done then we would have said with A&P, because of our previous experience, but for this contract, best value was the overriding consideration.

“Work on a heritage ship such as ours is quite special and it’s not the sort of job any shipyard can do, it has to be sympathetic to what we are trying to do. A&P really is a trusted name for us.”

Bought in 1977 by Southern Water she was finally withdrawn from commercial service in 1985 – but saved and purchased for £20,000 in 1988 by the charity that still operates her now.

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