Birkenhead-based maritime sector contractor MPE Interiors has completed an outfitting contract for North East shipyard operator UK Docks, aboard the offshore support vessel Ocean Tay.
MPE carried out the refurbishment works at Wear Dock & Engineering in Sunderland as part of a conversion to the Ocean Tay, a 63-m (207-ft) Class A Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV), operated by Atlantic Offshore Rescue Ltd.
MPE director Cliff Grainger said it delivered a broad range of services on the conversion: “We were delighted to assist UK docks on this conversion. The scope of work included outfitting of a new survivor area, modification of crew cabins to include new en-suite facilities for each cabin and new boat deck accommodation with three new en-suite crew cabins. Other work included modification of the existing laundry facility by creating a changing room annex, a new gymnasium and lining out of the new bridge wing extensions. For the above work, MPE supplied and installed the new panel systems, doors and wet spaces and also manufactured new cabin furniture.
He added: “The prime benefits we can offer our customers are expertise and value. We have worked on vessels of all kinds for more than 30 years. That depth of experience means we can work efficiently and effectively with the shipyard. We know what we are doing. We also strongly believe in offering value for money – our workmanship lasts which cuts down maintenance costs.”
MPE is one of the leading and most-experienced marine outfitters in the UK. It has turnover in excess of £2m and more than 30 staff at its manufacturing base in Old Bidston Road.
It was established by former Cammell Laird managers John Whetnall and Cliff Grainger in 2001 and is now actively pursuing new opportunities in the ferry and super yacht sectors.
MPE also undertakes work ‘on land’, providing its outfitting service to both the residential and commercial property sectors.