20 Feb 2019

A&P Group has enjoyed a strong start to 2019, with a number of commercial and defence projects underway across its four UK facilities.

Since the start of the year A&P Tyne’s team has carried out dockings for offshore support vessels Rever Sapphire and Rever Polaris, which included name change and small upgrade works for the former and upgrade work to the dive systems, steel repairs and a thruster overhaul for the latter. A Lifeboat change-out has also been completed for cable-laying vessel, Cable Enterprise.

A&P Tyne is also fabricating six pontoons for the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm which will be delivered this summer and is preparing for the load-out of completed sections of the Astute Class submarines for delivery to BAE Systems Maritime in Barrow-In-Furness.

In Tees, A&P has docked suction dredgers Arco Avon and City of Westminster and the Afloat team has carried out two mobilisations for Briggs Marine in the Port of Blyth. A&P Great Yarmouth continues with ongoing mobilisation and bridge works and is supporting maintenance programmes on the Seajacks Leviathon, as well as undertaking pontoon decommissioning for SSE.

In Falmouth, the team continues to deliver an array of defence and commercial projects. A&P Falmouth has completed the refit of the RFA Argus under A&P Group’s £239m Future In-Service Support (FISS) contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and is undertaking reactivation works to HMS Severn for BAE Systems.

Other Falmouth-based projects include a significant major life-extension project for cargo vessel Karissa - which requires an overhaul of the engine, removal of the shaft and a new generator, repair and maintenance works for ferry operators Red Runnel and Condor Ferries and the 20-year special survey of UECC’s AutoSun car carrier.

David McGinley, Managing Director of Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services Ltd, said: “Strong performance across all four UK facilities saw us enjoy a busy winter and set us up for a strong final quarter of the year.

“Following a management restructure at the end of 2018, we have consolidated our position in our key markets, secured growth and given even greater priority to our customers and the performance of the last quarter is testament to that.

“In the North East in particular, we’re seeing increased activity and confidence in the renewables and offshore markets. Falmouth has enjoyed a busy ferry season as well as its ongoing defence work. Our success with all these customers is underpinned by our strengths in ship repair and fabrication as well as our collaborative approach and we are delighted to see new and returning customers continuing to choose A&P Group.”