Busy start to the year for A&P Group’s North East facilities

Global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist A&P Group’s North-East sites have seen a busy start to the year with companies keen to take advantage of their world-class facilities and skilled workmanship.

All three docks across A&P Tyne and A&P Tees are scheduled to be full for the first two months of this year. Among the vessels to have benefited from A&P Tees’ facilities and workforce is the trailing suction hopper dredger Sand Heron which entered into dry dock where 20 tonnes of steel in the hopper was replaced. Other work included the removal of the propeller shaft and rudder, which were then overhauled, and renewal of the dredging equipment onboard.

The Trans-Oceanic Cable Layer CS Responder was also dry docked at A&P Tyne where it had its port thruster removed and completely overhauled.

At A&P Tyne, the oil tanker Superiority was one of two James Fisher & Sons’ vessels to enter dry dock. The vessel stayed for seven days during which time it underwent an intermediate survey, and had its hull painted and its generator and alternator overhauled.

The second James Fisher & Sons’ tanker to arrive at A&P’s North East facilities was the Clyde Fisher which was scheduled for a 20-day repair period, with 14 of those days in dry dock at A&P Tyne. The ship had a ballast water treatment system fitted and surveyed and had its hull painted.

The multi-purpose offshore vessel Normand Oceanic arrived at A&P Tyne in January ahead of a 34-day mobilisation period. The work carried out included installation of a Tilt and Lay System that is a 440te lift, and an installation of an A&R winch, which is a 147te lift

The Offshore Support Vessel Brave Tern was subject to a 10-day mobilisation in the Port of Sunderland – work was carried out through A&P North East.

The mobilisation included, but was not limited to, the installation of:  a 50te tugger winch, Caley reel, guide and goal posts; fibre optic under rollers and reel; 15te tensioner; 3te three wheel pair; 1250KVA generator and the fabrication and installation of grillages and a diverter chute.

Keith Henry, Managing Director of A&P North East, said: “It is a really positive start to the new year to see all of our docks full. Another busy period across all our facilities is testament to the excellent work and skilled services we provide here in the North East.”

A&P Tyne boasts the largest commercial dry-dock on the East coast of England as well as two deep water berths and a significant modern fabrication facility complete with panel line, rolling, plasma and gas burning machines.

Providing world class ship repair, conversion and fabrication services across the marine and energy sectors, the facility offers extensive storage and load-out capabilities and fully equipped workshops to manage all projects from simple ship repairs to major complex ship conversions.

A&P Tees’ facility is a centre of excellence for offshore vessels, dredgers and tankers, located on one of the busiest rivers in the UK.

Its five-acre site comprises two dry docks and 240m of jetty frontage, complemented with extensive workshops, cranes up to 40 tonnes and secure tank washing facilities. A&P Tees’ fabrication facilities are particularly suited to building offshore modules, subsea structures, and new ship sections on site.