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Saturday, January 20, 2018

A~26P Falmouth News

UK Ship Repairer on Apprentice Search

Recruitment Scheme Participants: Photo credit A&P

A&P Falmouth has launched an apprenticeship recruitment search to find raw talent in Cornwall (SW England). The purpose of the scheme is to train and hone into the skilled engineering and marine workers of the future. In the last five years A&P, as one of the biggest commercial ship repair companies in the UK, has recruited 33 adult trainees for specialist in-house training. Now six young people in the Duchy of Cornwall will have the opportunity to join its 400-strong workforce and learn a range of specialist skills including engineering, steel fabrication, painting and blasting.

New Facility to Boost Trade in Falmouth

From early April ships visiting the Port of Falmouth will be able to use a brand new service to receive and recycle oil slops, thanks to a joint venture between ship-repair and conversion specialist A&P Falmouth and marine oil terminal operators, Falmouth Oil Services (FOS). The new facility is set to boost trade in the port, providing a valuable service to ships using the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel as well as facilitating faster turnaround on vessels in dry dock which require tank emptying and washout before entering the port. At the moment ships requiring similar facilities have to go to Rotterdam or Le Havre, but this new venture effectively makes Falmouth a ‘one-stop’ port for shipping.

Falmouth Cruise Business Up 72%

Increasing cruise ship business brought visitors of 51 different nationalities to Falmouth during 2003 – a number that could rise even higher this year. Over the space of just three years, the port’s cruise business has risen by 72% - up from 25 ships in 2002, to 39 last year and 43 already booked for 2004. The majority of visitors are currently American, followed by British and German passengers but many other nationalities also book onto the cruises that come to the port. A&P Falmouth also reports that with the first turnarounds of 2004 only just over, cruise ships are already booked to visit Falmouth in 2005. Mike Reynolds, Port Operations Manager for A&P…

Tankers Flood into Falmouth

A&P Falmouth has enjoyed a recent resurgence in interest from tanker owners during the first half of this year (2002), with inquiries from all sectors of the market ranging from large panamax to small coastal vessels from both local and international owners. The Falmouth shipyard has, so far, stemmed eight vessels this year, including, over recent days, the 44,999dwt crude carrier 'Iliad' owned by US based Admanthos Shipping and the 6,419dwt coastal tanker 'Rudderman' part of the James Fisher fleet. With a further five tanker repair contracts currently being estimated, this shows that A&P Falmouth remains a serious competitor in this market.

Ship Towed After Engine Room Fire

On January 11, 2004, Falmouth Coastguard received a call from the master of the general cargo vessel SEA FOX, reporting that they had had a fire in the engine room and were disabled and drifting in the Lands End Traffic Separation Zone. For the safety of the crew and to guard against any threat of pollution if the vessel drifted ashore, Falmouth Coastguard instructed the Coastguard Emergency Towing Vessel “Anglian Princess” to take the SEA FOX under tow to the safety of Falmouth where the damage to the engine room can be assessed. Mike Quinn, Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager, said: “The fire had already been extinguished when the vessel called us and we don’t know the cause at this stage, there have been no reports of injuries to any of the nine crew.

Shipyard in UK Gets Big Rudder Orders

Containership Grimaldi Line: Photo credit Wiki CCL Ra Boe

The major new contract with Italian shipowner Grimaldi was won against stiff competition from several shipyards throughout Europe and cements A&P’s reputation for excellence and efficiency. It also marks a milestone in A&P’s 10-year partnership with Grimaldi, taking the total number of Grimaldi ships repaired by the A&P Group to 50, the majority of which have been in Falmouth. It will see A&P Falmouth constructing four huge rudders – weighing 42 tonnes each – for Grimaldi’s multipurpose container ships Grande San Paolo, Grande Buenos Aires, Grande Francia and Grande Nigeria.

US Cape Wind Chooses Cape Cod HQ

Photo credit Cape Wind

Cape Wind announce it will base its operations headquarters on Falmouth Harbor on Cape Cod. Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said, “Cape and Islanders once lit the lamps of the world by harvesting whale oil. Earlier this week Cape Wind signed a Purchase and Sale agreement for East Marine located on Falmouth Heights Road on Falmouth Harbor. Cape Wind President Jim Gordon identified the factors that drew the company to Falmouth, “We found a good waterfront facility in a protected…

Local Chain Ferry Docks at A&P Falmouth

A&P Falmouth has won the contract to carry out repairs onboard the chain ferry Tamar during April. The vessel is operated by the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee. A&P Falmouth has carried out regular dry docking and refit operations on the Tamar and her two sister vessels the Plym and Lynher since the vessels were built over 30 years ago. A&P Falmouth also carried out lengthening projects on all three vessels to increase their vehicle carrying capacity between April 1986 and April 1987. Repairs on the Tamar, which is in due to be in dry dock for 16 days, will include general maintenance, steel repairs and painting. The contract also includes the towage from Plymouth to Falmouth and return after refit is completed.

P&OSL Dover Returns to A&P Falmouth

The P&O Stena Line passenger/car ferry P&OSL Dover has dry docked in A&P Falmouth after arriving on 15th April 2002. This will be the final vessel from the P&O Stena Line fleet to undergo refit this season. The P&OSL Dover has dry docked in Falmouth every year since 1990 (when she first came in as Pride of Dover). The vessel will undergo various repairs whilst in dock similar to the repairs which were recently undertaken on her sister ship the P&OSL Calais, including tail shaft and tank surveys, stern seal maintenance, bow thrust unit repairs, hull and deck preparation and painting, main engine overhaul and survey, maintenance to bow and stern doors…

Yacht Assists Crew in Atlantic Rescue

Atlantic rescue. The Falmouth Coastguard were contacted by their colleagues at Thames Coastguard who received a telephone call from a lady crew member on the yacht Compromise competing in the ARC Challenge 2006. who reported that she had a medical emergency on board. area that could assist. yacht Compromise. 32 foot yacht Compromise with a mast head light showing.

Ships Line Up at U.K. Repair Yard

RFA Mounts Bay & HMS Severn in Drydock: Photo credit A&P Shipyards

Four ships have docked recently at A&P Falmouth's shipyard in SW England for repairs and refitting work. RFA Mounts Bay, Serco tugs Eileen &  Foreceful and the River Class patrol vessel, HMS Severn were the most recent arrivals. Also alongside under repair at Falmouth is RFA Lyme Bay, which has undergone alternator repairs and will complete in time to sail to join the major Operation Joint Warrior. The RFA Argus, which is base-berthed in Falmouth, is currently undergoing a refit period and is progressing on schedule.

Falmouth Coastguard Searches for Missing Crew

14 miles South by West of Lizard Point in Cornwall. distress alert from an Emergency Positioning Beacon (EPIRB). the scene, while the ERIDAN proceeded to the location of the sunken vessel. proceeding to the scene. are being transferred to shore by the helicopter. the three remaining crew. with rough seas and moderate to poor visibility.

New Accreditations for A&P Falmouth

A&P Falmouth has earned two new accreditations, enforcing its position as one of the country’s leading ship repair facilities. Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI) has certified A&P Falmouth’s operations as conforming to the requirements of BS EN ISO 14001-1996 for environmental management and OHSAS 18001-1999 for occupational health & safety. Trevor Heath, A&P Falmouth’s Quality & General Services Manager, said that the latest certifications – which follow the yard’s achievement of the ISO 9001-2000 standard for quality management in August 2002 – not only makes A&P Falmouth the only ship repair yard in the country to have been awarded all three certifications, but is also a major milestone in the yard’s continuous improvement objectives.

Irish Ferry Emerges from Refit at A&P Falmouth

On the evening of June 7th, A&P Falmouth welcomed the Irish Ferries passenger vessel Isle of Innisfree to its dry docks for repairs. This vessel represents the fourth Irish Ferries vessel to dock with A&P Group during 2002, following the dry docking of the Ulysses and Isle of Inishmore in Southampton and the Normandy at Falmouth. The 22,365grt Isle of Innisfree arrived at Falmouth on the evening of the 7th of June 2002 after leaving Le Havre, where she has been laid up for the past 12 months. The vessel carried out berthing trials at Le Havre, Cherbourg and Portsmouth before her trip to Falmouth where she entered No. 2 dock for a 10 day docking period.

A&P Falmouth Books Busy March

A&P Falmouth, part of the A&P Group, has won two significant orders for March, 2004. The first involves the 31,290 dwt containership Safmarine Europe, which is part of Safmarine’s Great White fleet. The vessel, due on March 12th, will be in the shipyard for 24 days, work including underwater hull cleaning and painting, refurbishment of three deck cranes and renewal of approximately 40 tonnes of steel in the peak tank, deep tank, wing tank and double bottom tanks, cargo holds (including cell guides), hatch covers and shell plating. The second contract is from Sweden’s DFDS Tor Line involving the 8,696 dwt freight ferry Tor Anglia, which operates out of Felixstowe.

A&P Falmouth Win Gold Rover Contract

A&P Falmouth has been awarded the contract to dry dock and repair the RFA Gold Rover by the Ministry of Defence (M.o.D). The Warship Support Agency (W.S.A.) vessel is due to arrive in Falmouth on October 14 for a docking period which is expected to last for two months. Work involved will include hull preparation and painting, steel and pipe work, auxiliary engine survey and refurbishment, accommodation upgrade and refurbishment, switchboard and electrical systems surveys and various other surveys to plant and equipment. The RFA Gold Rover follows several other RFA vessels which have dry docked with A&P Group throughout 2002 including the RFA Fort Victoria and the RFA Fort Rosalie at A&P Tyne and the RFA Brambleleaf at A&P Falmouth.

A & P Falmouth Has Good Outlook With Reefer Market

The reefer market has proved successful for A&P Falmouth throughout recent months with a total of six bookings for reefer ships from two separate owners. Falmouth is ideally located for the reefer trades on the ballast route from Northern Europe to loading ports in South Africa, Canary Islands and the Caribbean. Amer Shipping's 13,312 grt vessel the Amer Choapa was the first to enter the shipyard during July. Work completed during the 9 day docking included blasting and painting, steelwork repairs, hatch cover repairs, main engine survey and overhauls to the rudder and tailshaft. Following the successful completion of the Amer Choapa, the 9,070 grt Amer Whitney arrived during early August for similar works covering a 10-day period.

Falmouth Rescue Center Out of Action

The UK’s Falmouth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) is currently out of action following a lightning strike late last night. Until further notice its monitoring and co-ordination functions are being undertaken by Brixham MRCC. Following the lightning strike at around 11:00 p.m. on Jan. 17, Falmouth MRCC was evacuated because of smoke coming from electrical equipment. Cornwall Fire Brigade were asked to attend. The building was checked and although physically unmarked there appears to be significant damage to the communications equipment. While out of action Falmouth MRCC's emergency calls are being handled by colleagues at Brixham MRCC. Coastguard Officers are operating three remote stations at The Lizard, Trevose and Lands End.

Falmouth CGOC Joins National Network

Falmouth Coastguard Operations Center (CGOC) will become part of the new Coastguard national network for the first time this week. Work has been carried out at the search and rescue coordination center at Pendennis Point, upgrading the technology and introducing new systems. This means Falmouth CGOC will be connected to the National Maritime Operations Center (NMOC) in Hampshire and other Coastguard stations around the country, which will be able to offer mutual support during busy periods. From Saturday, November 1, 2014, Falmouth CGOC and the new national network will start to take on operations from Brixham Coastguard. The changes to Her Majesty’s Coastguard will see the NMOC and 10 other CGOCs around the U.K. work together to manage the workload.

RFA Argus Dresses for Falmouth Week

Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Argus has been playing a colorful role in the launch of Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week 2013, after being officially dressed in bunting for the ten days of the festival. RFA Argus is currently docked in Falmouth for works to be completed by A&P Falmouth, as part of the company’s cluster contract with the Ministry of Defense. Visitors to Falmouth Week, which began on Friday, August 9 and continues until Sunday, August 18, have the rare opportunity to see RFA Argus dressed overall with bunting from end to end, in honor of the festival.

MCA Reports Fatal Accident

On August 22, the Falmouth Coastguard received a call on channel 16 from a United Kingdom registered cable ship, Wave Sentinel, requesting medical assistance for a member of the crew in the engine room. The ship was approximately 12 miles off Lands End, Cornwall in the traffic separation scheme. Falmouth Coastguard scrambled a rescue helicopter to the scene with a doctor on board. Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager, Simon Rabett said: “The doctor and winchman were lowered on to the vessel ‘Wave Sentinel’, and while the casualty was being prepared for a medical evacuation to Treliske Hospital in Truro, he was pronounced dead by the doctor.”

Cargo Crewmember Medevaced

At quarter past seven on the evening of Nov. 3, Falmouth Coastguard received an Inmarsat Standard C Distress alert from a Ukrainan registered cargo vessel called the Katya Zelenko. The Katya Zelenko was in a position 241 miles off the coast of Kenya. Falmouth Coastguard communicated with the vessel using their satellite communications and was able to ascertain that they had a sick crewman on board who needed immediate medical attention. Falmouth Coastguard made further investigations and ascertained from the Royal Navy Fleet Ops that HMS Northumberland was in a position 150 miles from the cargo vessel with a Merlin helicopter on the warship.

UK Shipyard Celebrates Special Relationship

In 2010 A&P signed a multi-million pound contract with Serco to provide dry docking and ship repair services for five years, making the vessels a familiar sight in the docks. Serco manages more than 100 vessels supporting the Ministry of Defence naval bases around the UK and A&P Group is well placed to provide this service with six dry docks in three different locations – Falmouth, Tyne and Tees. Vessels which have been in Falmouth this year include the tugs SD Adept and SD Faithful, SD Powerful, SD Cawsand and SD Bovisand. The majority of the ships have undergone complete refits, including work in the engine room, a full electrical survey, refurbishing accommodation areas, paintwork and an inspection of propulsion units, anchors, cables and winches.

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