Busy Autumn sets A&P Falmouth up for strong 2019

A&P Falmouth has experienced one of its busiest Autumn seasons on record, thanks to a flurry of ferry and commercial projects.

Ferry operators Condor Ferries, Red Funnel, Torpoint, Sandbanks Ferry, and Wightlink are all calling on A&P Falmouth’s expertise for annual repairs and maintenance.  In recent weeks, Condor Liberation, Plym II, Bramblebush Bay and Red Funnel’s Red Falcon have all been in A&P’s dry dock in Falmouth.

A number of other vessels, including Condor Rapide, Red Osprey, Red Eagle, Wightlink’s St Faith and St Clare and Wight & Wight Sun’s Victoria will drydock between December and March, when the traditional ferry season comes to a close.

In addition, Norwegian roll-on/roll-off shipping line United European Car Carriers has appointed A&P Falmouth to provide a major refit, including tail shaft, rudder, steering vein and gear box overhauls, for its vessel Autosun.  The 33-day project will call on the full extent of Falmouth’s on-site engineering facilities and expertise and work started at the beginning of December.  The Falmouth team has also commenced a six to eight-week life extension project for Aggregate Industries’ hopper dredger Karissa.

Ian Douglas, Commercial Director at A&P Falmouth said: “Falmouth has been especially busy over the last few months and the dry dock has been in continual use since June.  This looks set to continue well into 2019 as the changes we made to the business earlier in the year continue to bear fruit and help us win new clients.  We have invested heavily in HSEQ and this commitment to achieving the very highest standards has been instrumental in some of our newest client wins and will underpin our continued growth.

“As well as enjoying a strong ferry season, we are also delivering a number of complex engineering projects for our commercial clients too.   This sort of project diversity is important for the longevity of the business and sees the full breadth of A&P Falmouth’s expertise and facilities put to good use.”

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. A&P Group is part of Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services.