A&P appoints new Production Director

Global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist A&P Group has announced a new Production Director at its Falmouth facility.

Darren Rice has worked his way up through A&P Group, since joining the business as a Fabrication and Ship Building apprentice in 1987.  He became an Area Manager in 2004 and Project Manager in 2006, responsible for running a number of large and complex projects.  He was promoted to Production Manager in 2013.

Now responsible for championing and evolving A&P’s production processes and values, Mr Rice will concentrate on ensuring a safe working environment, identifying and implementing improved operating procedures, developing the facility’s core skills to maintain and enhance A&P’s reputation for quality, building a robust apprenticeship programme and working with the supply chain to ensure correct resourcing and efficiency on concurrent projects.

He said: “There is a real opportunity to keep evolving A&P’s offer and commitment to quality as well as building collaborative long term relationships with our customers.  Although A&P Group has primarily been a ship repair business we are keen to really showcase our broader marine engineering skills and I’ll be able to really support that endeavour in this role.”

Steve Jones, Managing Director and Operations & Site Director for A&P in Falmouth said: “Darren’s expertise and attention to detail are instrumental to our operations in Falmouth and his promotion reflects his hard work and commitment to HSEQ and customer satisfaction in particular.  We are delighted to see him promoted into this role.”

A&P Group operates seven dry docks across four strategic locations in the UK and delivers global engineering excellence to the commercial shipping, marine, offshore wind, oil and gas, civil nuclear and defence industries. 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.