"Ship repair in the U.K. is looking positive for 2003" say the A&P Group
, who has confirmed that all 14 of their dry docks are full with various vessels under repair, refit and conversion.
A&P Tyne is currently hosting a number of ships including Stirling Shipmanagement's 2,270dwt offshore supply vessel Putford Enterprise, the 2,067dwt offshore supply vessel Pacific Banner owned by Swire Pacific Offshore, Boyd Line
's 1,621grt Arctic Warrior and P&O Ferries
' 20,446grt PO Kent.
Across the river at A&P Tyne's Hebburn facility is Technip Offshore's 9,158grt diving support vessel CSO Wellservicer, which is due to leave the dry dock on January 12 . This will be followed by the De Beers Diamond Mining vessel the !Gariep, which is due in the yard for a conversion project due for completion in May and involves the insertion of a mid-body section.
Across the border at River Dee Ship Repairers in Aberdeen, the team is currently working on Caledonian MacBrayne's 5,221grt passenger/car ferry Caledonian Isles which is undergoing a 19 day repair and refit program.
A&P Southampton has a busy few months approaching as the ferry season kicks in, with the first two ferries - P&O Ferries' 25,122grt PO Canterbury and Wightlink's 482grt fast ferry FastCat-Ryde, both ferries nearing completion after a 19 day 'double dry docking' refit period at the facility. Next to arrive in Southampton is P&O Ferries' 28,559grt PO Provence which will share the dry dock with two more Wightlink vessels - the 764grt Caedmon and the 2,983grt St. Helen.
Meanwhile, at A&P Falmouth, the ferry season has also arrived. Currently at the yard are four ferries including P&O Ferries' 37,583grt Pride of Bilbao and the 22,986grt European Seaway, Red Funnel's 2,881grt Red Falcon is in the No. 4 dry dock (the Solent based ferry operating on the Southampton/Isle of Wight service) and Sea Containers 3,003grt Seacat Danmark has also arrived for her annual dry dock and repairs.
A&P Birkenhead has been consistently busy since re-opening as an A&P facility in 2002, and continues to welcome vessels to its dry docks. Currently undergoing repairs is Irish Ferries' 25,745grt Normandy, which has arrived for a 14 day repair period and the second of three Mersey Ferries due to visit the yard - the 751grt Royal Daffodil.