Global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist A&P Group has reported a strong six months for its Teeside Yard.
The yard, based at Teesport Commerce Park, has achieved a 25% increase in utilised capacity across its two dry docks and two berths, with 25 vessels coming in to dock during 2016 so far. The yard has also delivered 63 off-site or ‘afloat’ projects ranging from large scale mobilisations and demobilisations to minor repairs and fabrications.
One of the Tees’ most significant projects of this year is a contract with Prysmian Group, the worldwide leader in energy and telecom cable systems industry, for the mobilisation of its owned and charted vessels.
A&P Group’s Tees team operated 24 hours, seven days a week with a large team of steel fitters and sub contractors to deliver the complex mobilisation work required for the Cable Enterprise, owned by Prysmian, and three other charter vessels – the Normand Progress, Cable CS Sovereign and Normand Pacific.
The A&P team carried out extensive prefabrication work for the Cable Enterprise including the manufacture of grillages, IWO new hydro plough pumps, a hydro plough platform, winches, sea fastenings, bulwark walkways and container seating. The team manufactured 45 and 180 degree quadrants, quadrant rails and vertical and horizontal rollers for the CS Sovereign, as well as container grillages for the Normand Pacific. Work also included on-board alterations, electrical testing and new equipment installation and relocation, across the four vessels.
Darren Brown, Managing Director of A&P Group’s Tees yard said: “The Tees yard has enjoyed a sterling six months, not only in terms of revenue and quality workmanship, but in relation to the expertise that we’ve been able to showcase.
“Elements of the Prysmian contact have required precision engineering with incredibly tight tolerances, including the specialist laser alignment of a deck structure. A&P Group is one of only a handful of UK operators able to offer this capability and prefabrication within such a short lead-time. Our long standing relationship with Prysmian, as with many other A&P Group clients, is very much testament to our speed of response, attention to detail and understanding of the complex needs of ship operators and owners.”
A&P Group operates seven dry docks across three strategic locations in the UK and has a business in Australia that provides ship repair services and support to the Royal Australian Navy. All facilities combine a rich heritage of marine engineering skills and experience, providing ship owners and energy companies with all the precision skills needed to complete the most demanding projects.