Repair work makes things shipshape at Hebburn yard

BUSINESS DEAL ... The Mazarine in A&P Tyne, in Hebburn.
BUSINESS DEAL ... The Mazarine in A&P Tyne, in Hebburn.

A SOUTH Tyneside shipyard is making waves after securing a major contract.

Hebburn-based A&P Tyne has won a three-ship deal with Euroship Services Limited to carry out refurbishment and repairs.

The firm has its dry dock in Waggon Way Road, Hebburn.

The company, which has more than 200 workers on site, such as welders, fitters and platers, fought off stiff competition to secure the deal.

Work has already started on The Mazarine, and work on The Palatine and The Undine will take place until mid-August, for general ship repair services.

A&P says the news is a big boost as it has not carried out work for Euroship Services for a number of years.

An A&P Tyne spokeswoman said: “The main scope of work for the Mazerine and the Palatine, which are sister ships, is very similar and includes, blasting and painting, external steelwork repairs, thrusters overhaul, engine and a list of various electrical works.

“The Undine has a more extensive scope of work, which will include stern door repairs, painting and blasting, steelwork repairs, tank repairs, mooring winches repairs, rudder repairs, port and starboard tail shafts, propeller works, thrusters overhaul, main engines overhaul works, all together with the usual dry docking scope.”

A&P says it will undertake the projects while working on the Government’s double aircraft carrier project.

The spokeswoman added: “A&P are still under way with the aircraft carrier project which is due for completion in mid August.

“The Tyne facility has the capacity to carry out simultaneous working on many projects.

“Concurrent dockings will then happen for the Palatine and the Undine, with works due to be completed mid August. “

About 70 temporary staff are working on both the Euroships and various other projects.

It is the latest success story for the shipyard.

Back in 2009, A&P Tyne in Hebburn forged its first commercial relationship with SeaFrance, involving drydocking and refitting.

Last year, they recieved an early Christmas present with a double deal to overhaul and maintain two vessels, Acergy Discovery and Rockwater 1