MPE Refurbises Stena Line Ferries

MarineLink.com
Monday, August 12, 2013
Cliff Grainger

Birkenhead-based outfitter and manufacturer MPE Interiors has completed two contacts for Stena Line to redevelop the crew and officers' mess areas on two ferries.

The contracts involved replacing the mess rooms on the 980-passenger ferries the Stena Mersey and the Stena Lagan at Twelve Quays in Birkenhead.  Both ships operate the Birkenhead-Belfast route.

MPE director Cliff Grainger said, “We can offer the complete outfitting solution from detailed concept design, to manufacture of furniture and structures to installation and maintenance. On the Stena Mersey were brought in to do a total refurbishment of the mess hall, which was split between an officers' mess and a crew mess. We worked very closely on this job with the Captain who gave us a clear concept to work around. We have reimaged and reworked the whole layout of the area to better suit the crews’ needs.”

Mr. Grainger also said the contract included laying new floor coverings.

“This is about making the mess areas as comfortable and space as efficient as possible,” said he said. “That is why it is so important to work closely with Stena and understand the nature of the ferries and needs of the crew. These are bespoke designs which draw on all our experience of working on ferries and ships of all kinds for many years.  Key facilities now available on both vessels, within the same area, include a dedicated TV room, internet stations and a meeting room as well as maintaining the full messing facility for both officers and crew.”

MPE claims to be one of the leading and most experienced marine outfitters in the UK. It has a turnover in excess of £2 million and employs more than 30 staff at its Old Bidston Rd manufacturing site. Established in 2001 by former Cammell Laird managers John Whetnall and Cliff Grainger MPE specializes in designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke furniture, panels, doors and soft furnishings. It specializes in the installation of galleys, shops, restaurants and refrigerated storage on board ships.  It also works extensively in the residential and commercial property sector.

MPE has a track record of overhauling crew accommodation areas on both commercial and naval vessels. One of its biggest crew accommodation jobs in recent years was working for Cammell Laird on its contract to lengthen the cable laying vessel Nexans Skagerrak. MPE is further able to support refits for large passenger vessels as well as small commercials vessels such as tugs and work boats.

MPE has also refreshed the interiors of other Stena Line vessels in the past. In 2012 the firm completed a project to build prototype business and family class passenger cabins aboard the Stena Nordica Holyhead-Dublin ferry.
 

Maritime Reporter April 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Newport News Shipbuilding Hosts Sen. Inhofe

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) today hosted Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   The senator,

Hempel CEO Jullien Plans Retirement

Pierre-Yves Jullien, CEO of Hempel A/S since 2005, has decided to retire after nearly 40 years in the Group. He will step down from his role as CEO on March 31, 2016 at the latest.

DNV GL Launches Singapore Service Center

DNV GL's new Singapore Service Center (SSC) will streamline customer support and enhance customers’ experiences by giving them a single point of contact for all operational issues.

Contracts

Vigor’s Tacoma Yard Delivers Breasting Barges to Foss

Vigor Industrial expands its newbuild capacity in Washington; Tacoma yard delivers three breasting barges   Fabrication teams at Vigor Industrial’s Tacoma, Wash.

Hands Across the Water

U.S. firms leverage Netherlands-based Damen Shipyard’s vessel designs and technical support. For nearly 40 years, Damen Shipyards Group in the Netherlands has

Icebreakers Ordered for Neft’s Novy Port Project

Aker Arctic’s icebreaker design selected for Gazprom Neft’s Novy Port project   Aker Arctic and Vyborg Shipyard have confirmed a contract for the design of two

Ship Repair & Conversion

New Milling Disc from IN.MOTION

IN.MOTION Technology Distribution, LLC, announced the launch of a new milling disc designed for fast, efficient beveling, weld preparation and weld repair. According to the manufacturer,

Hands Across the Water

U.S. firms leverage Netherlands-based Damen Shipyard’s vessel designs and technical support. For nearly 40 years, Damen Shipyards Group in the Netherlands has

Damen Installs BWT System to Cable Innovator

Global Marine Systems Limited’s vessel Cable Innovator has recently left Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) after extensive work

Ferries

Kvichak Wins Contract to Build Two Ferries

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Industrial Company, was awarded a contract by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), San Francisco, Calif. for

Canada's Ferry Operators Highlight Safety

As Canadians remember the tragic sinking of the Korean ferry, MV Sewol, one year ago today, Canada’s ferry operators remind Canadians of the notable safety track record of its sector.

OSK-ShipTech Acquires Jørgen Petersen

OSK-ShipTech A/S has acquired consulting naval architects A/S Jørgen Petersen who has more than 40 years of experience in ship design and consulting in the marine industry.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Salvage Ship Repair Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2556 sec (4 req/sec)