Merseyside marine hydraulics specialist V&A announced it has completed a vessel repair package for Runcorn-based international fuel bunkering firm Whitaker Tankers.
The Birkenhead-based family-run firm has delivered a series of complex hydraulic upgrades to the short haul fuel tanker, Keewhit.
V&A Hydraulics managing director Vic Seddon said the project required a broad skill set and in-depth technical knowledge. "A key part of the repair package included work to a blown out cylinder,” he said. “However, we were also able to provide expertise to repair a hydraulics motor on a deck crane used to lift fuel pipes, as well as the anchor windlass brake. We delivered further upgrades to the hydraulic brakes and testing gauges on the steering gear.
"It was a highly rewarding project because of the scale and variety of work. We have a firm business philosophy here at V&A that there is no hydraulics job which cannot be solved. It is quite simple - we trust in our knowledge, skill and expertise.
"V&A frequently picks up work where other hydraulics firms have left off, unable to find a solution. This is why our client base has largely been built organically over the last decade through repeat work. The maritime ship repair sector relies heavily on sound, trustworthy, reliable and competent subcontractors."
Whitaker Tankers fuel transportation company operates a fleet of inland barges and sea going tankers in UK and European waters. It offers a professional service carrying fuel product for most major oil companies with a reputation as leaders in the bunkering industry.
"It is terrific for brand association to be working with such a prestigious maritime vessel operator," said Seddon. "It also illuminates V&A Hydraulics' ability as one of the leading marine hydraulics firms in the country.
"One of V&A's strongest selling points is retained knowledge of hydraulics equipment which dates back decades. We have one of the most experienced teams in the UK. This is invaluable in the maritime sector for product identification, sourcing appropriate replacements and understanding how to properly utilize equipment.
"We frequently come across equipment which people cannot identify. This is due to the fact that many older parts are no longer in production. Part identification can be a complex, convoluted web, and this historical knowledge cannot be bought or found on the internet.”