31 Jul 2020

A&P Tyne, part of A&P Group, has secured a multi-million pound contract with waste management firm Cory Riverside Energy, for the fabrication of 21 barges over a seven year period.

Construction is already underway on the first three barges, ready for delivery in December, with the remaining barges to be built over the next seven years.

The contract is for the build of two types of barges – 20 box and 30 box barges – both of which will be used by Cory to transport London’s residual waste up and down the River Thames. The barges will replace nearly half of Cory’s existing 50-strong barge fleet and transport between 270 and 400 tonnes of waste each. The entire fleet will remove the need for 100,000 truck journeys from London’s roads every year.

A&P’s extensive on-site fabrication facilities were instrumental in securing the contract, as they enable simultaneous fabrication of several barges at once. A&P’s engineers and fabricators will use the panel line to construct and weld each of the main parts of the barges, which are 35m and 48m in length, adjacent to the 23,000 m2 fabrication hall. The 20 box barges will be fabricated in two sections and the 30 box barges in three sections, prior to final assembly.

Once painted, the first of each type of barge will be launched and inclination tested in accordance with IACS procedures. Completed barges will be towed to Charlton on the Thames two at a time, ready to begin service.

Keith Henry, Managing Director at A&P North East said; “A&P Tyne secured this contract as a result of our proven track record delivering complex fabrication projects and our extensive facilities. We are delighted to be collaborating with Cory and helping them to deliver a new fleet of barges which will deliver significant environmental benefits.”

Fran Comerford-Cole, Director of Logistics for Cory, said “Our river operations are a core part of our business and I am delighted to be working with A&P on this contract. Their UK-based operations mean that this is good news not just for London, but for the UK as a whole as the economy begins to open back up.”

A&P Group is a leading provider of ship repair, conversion and marine services and heavy engineering expertise and operates seven dry docks and extensive fabrication facilities across three strategic locations in the UK.

As one of the leading engineering business in the UK, A&P is 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. High profile projects have included delivering block build fabrication for the Astute Submarine Class, HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers and RRS Sir David Attenborough, as well as fabricating pontoons and sea fastenings for the offshore wind sector.

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.