The success of A&P Group’s long-term relationship with Serco Ltd Marine Services is being celebrated, with a total of eight ships docked in Falmouth in 2012.
In 2010 A&P signed a multi-million pound contract with Serco to provide dry docking and ship repair services for five years, making the vessels a familiar sight in the docks.
Serco manages more than 100 vessels supporting the Ministry of Defence naval bases around the UK and A&P Group is well placed to provide this service with six dry docks in three different locations – Falmouth, Tyne and Tees.
Six of the eight refits have been overseen by Superintendent Tony Jenkin, who has been on site in Falmouth liaising with A&P’s project managers to ensure the work is conducted safely, efficiently and cost effectively.
The relationship means repeat business for A&P, including complex technical conversions, surveys, refitting and other highly skilled work to create innovative solutions and reduce costs and time schedules.
Vessels which have been in Falmouth this year include the tugs SD Adept and SD Faithful, SD Powerful, SD Cawsand and SD Bovisand. The majority of the ships have undergone complete refits, including work in the engine room, a full electrical survey, refurbishing accommodation areas, paintwork and an inspection of propulsion units, anchors, cables and winches.
Superintendent Tony Jenkin, from Serco, said: “We are delighted with the work A&P has undertaken so far. A&P’s three locations across the country suit our needs perfectly and the company has a great track record of delivering high quality work, on time and to budget.”
Peter Child, Managing Director of A&P Falmouth, said: “Serco has strong ties with Falmouth and we are delighted to celebrate the continuing success of the partnership and to showcase what has been achieved so far.
“The contract helps provide A&P Falmouth – and it’s highly skilled employees – with vital security for the future. We provide excellent value for money, as we have proved in the last two years and we look forward to continuing in future.”