A&P Tyne has succeeded in bringing a bulk collier owned by UK power giants EON back to the Tyne. The order is a significant achievement for the North East ship repair yard as all refit or repair contracts involving the 37,705 dwt Lord Hinton has gone to Poland in recent years.
EON said a major factor in A&P winning the contract was its commitment to safety and the fact the Hebburn-based yard met every requirement to a high standard. An EON spokesperson said “A&P Tyne – which has the largest dry-dock on England’s east coast – was also one of the safest. The original order from EON was for two bulk colliers, the Lord Hinton and her sistership, the Sir Charles Parsons, however the company sold the second vessel earlier this year.”
Stewart Boak, Managing Director of A&P Tyne, said: “In recent years these vessels have been repaired in Poland. It is pleasing to see one of them return to the Tyne for repairs. A&P underwent a thorough audit by EON before securing this contract with a significant focus being placed on management of safety and the environment. It is a testament to the excellent facilities, safety and environment record in the yard that enabled us to secure this contract in the face of competition from across Europe.”
The 155 m long Lord Hinton is scheduled to be in drydock for 14 days during which time it will undergo external hull blasting and painting, the renewal of hatch covers, rollers and sealing arrangements, main engine works and pipework renewals.
EON spokesman Clive Burfoot, based at the company’s Kingsnorth power station, said: “We were extremely impressed by A&P Tyne’s commitment to safety, which is our number one priority. In fact, the crew have said that A&P run one of the safest drydocks that their ship’s ever been to. In addition, I was impressed by the commitment of the managers and the facilities, especially the new plasma cutting system and workshop size. “The team was extremely impressed by the commitment to safety and the fact they had everything from simple slip, trip and fall systems in place to achieving ISO 18001, 14001 and 9001.”
The Lord Hinton, built by the Govan shipyard in Glasgow in 1986, used to be a regular visitor to the region years ago, ferrying coal from the Tyne Tees Coal Terminal for the station on the Medway and Thames. The collier now picks up its cargo from coal exchanges on the Continent and takes it to Kingsnorth power station at Medway in Kent.
Ship Repair Newsletter
Issue No: 1323
Date: October 1st 2010