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A&P Tyne push into renewables sector.

LOCATED at Hebburn in Tyne and Wear, A&P Tyne is part of global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist, A&P Group, which operates seven dry docks in the UK and has a business in Australia that provides ship repair services and support to the Royal Australian Navy.

The facility at A&P Tyne consists of two dry docks (one in operation), two quays and a large steel fabrication shed. The facility also has eight cranes lifting up to 100 tonnes, a steel workshop, joinery workshop and engineering workshop.

The facility at A&P Tyne undertakes a wide variety of maintenance and repair work on commercial and military ships with projects ranging from a two-day alongside repair period through to conversion projects lasting for a year or more.

A&P Tyne is managed by managing director Darren Brown. The company has a core workforce of 150 and in times of peak operation can command a team of 2,000 incorporating sub-contractors from the local supply chain. Over recent months, A&P Tyne has delivered complex maintenance and conversion works for two cargo ships from French marine services company Marfret Campagne Maritime - the MV Opaline and MV Peregrine.

The MV Opaline was docked at A&P Tyne for 17 days while the vessel underwent the removal and refit of the bow and stern thrusters, together with a main engine overhaul, a full paint programme and other small works. Both of the Marfret vessels underwent significant electrical and ventilation works to the cargo holds.

In recent months, A&P Tyne has also carried out work on the KTS Responder. The KTS Responder is owned by KT Submarine and was brought to A&P to install cable laying equipment. Originally built as a cable layer, it has had numerous other projects which required the cable laying equipment to be removed.

However, its next projects required her to become a cable layer again and this work was carried out at the facilities at A&P Tyne.

This month, A&P Tyne secured the maintenance and repair contract for the world's most advanced wind turbine installation vessel, marking A&P Tyne's continued push into the renewables sector.

The MPI Adventure, owned by Teeside-based MPI Offshore, docked at A&P Group's Hebburn yard in early March ahead of its programme of works. Described as the most advanced and efficient wind turbine installation vessel in the world, it is designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations.

The 20,000 tonne vessel will now undergo specialist repair by A&P Group's 150-strong team of highly skilled engineers and technicians, before it returns to service.

Managing director of A&P Tyne Darren Brown said: "Vessels like the KTS Responder and MPI Adventure highlight the breadth of skills and equipment we have in our yard and our ability to complete works with absolute attention to detail.

"For ship operators this gives huge confidence in our problem solving, engineering and technical skills and the fact that so many vessels choose to return to us is testament to that". | For further information on A&P Tyne, contact A&P Group Business Development Director Ash Sinha via email at Ash.Sinha@ap-group.co.uk or by telephone on 0191 430 8656.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2016
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