9 Dec 2019

A&P Falmouth has experienced a very busy November which has seen all three of its dry docks full and all its wharves occupied by a combination of commercial shipping, ferries and MoD vessels.

Ferry operators Red Funnel and Condor Ferries both have a commercial partnership with A&P Falmouth and subsequently both sent vessels to Falmouth for drydocking. Condor Liberation, a high-speed passenger and car carrying trimaran, is nearing the end of her annual refit while Red Funnel’s Red Eagle, a Raptor-Class RO-RO ferry, has recently arrived on tow from Southampton for her refit.

A&P Falmouth’s innovative commercial partnership agreement scheme has been strategically developed to offer a raft of benefits to clients in terms of efficiency, cost savings and budget security. The partnerships involve A&P Falmouth working in close collaboration with the ferry companies to boost efficiency and reduce downtime while maintaining their fleet of vessels.

Wightlink RO-RO ferry Wight Light was recently returned to service after its successful two-yearly refit at A&P Falmouth.

The general cargo ship Musketier has been occupying number four dry dock where she has been undergoing tail-shaft repairs and the American offshore supply ship, Ocean Intervention II has been alongside at County Wharf. The vessel arrived for mobilisation and is due to return in mid-January for dry-docking.

In addition, RFA Lyme Bay and RFA Argus are currently at A&P Falmouth for their annual maintenance periods which are being carried out under A&P Defence’s Future In-Service Support (FISS) contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) HMS Medway has undergone routine maintenance work as the vessel is prepared for deployment to the Caribbean and its sister ship, OPV HMS Mersey, will undergo a month-long refit as part of its scheduled maintenance period.

Steve Jones, Managing Director Operations and Site Director at A&P Falmouth, said: “We have had an extremely busy month, with a mixture of commercial, ferries and MoD contracts to fulfil, and we are looking forward to continuing this momentum in the new year.

“Our success in attracting new business stems from our ability to deliver a whole range of projects – from ferry refits, to MoD maintenance periods to complex engineering projects.”

Notes to Editors

A&P Group is a leading provider of ship repair, conversion and marine services and heavy engineering expertise. Operating seven dry docks and extensive fabrication facilities across four strategic locations in the UK, A&P Group also has a business in Australia that provides ship repair services and support to the Royal Australian Navy.

As one of the leading engineering business in the UK, A&P is also involved in a diverse range of fabrication and repair projects across a broad cross section of sectors including Defence, Marine, Oil and Gas, Subsea, Energy, Civil and Nuclear. Projects include the fabrication of built modules for the Astute Submarine Class and the prestigious HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers, cable carousels, flood barriers, steam turbines, shore side access systems and FPSO upgrades.

All A&P Group facilities combine a rich heritage of marine and engineering skills and experience, providing a diverse customer base with all the precision skills needed to complete the most demanding projects.