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UMC Opens New Underwater Repair Facility in Portland, U.K.
Underwater maintenance specialists
UMC International have established a new ship repair location in the Dorset port of Portland capable of offering ship owners a full range of survey and repair services.
UMC has already completed approxi-
A UMC worker prepares the shell plating mately 50 jobs at Portland and the suc- cess of the operation has led to the
Southampton-based company setting up a new office at the port with a perma- nent team of divers and equipment.
Ships can be accommodated either alongside or at anchor within the port breakwater. With about 39 ft. (12 m) of water available, ships up to VLCC size can be anchored within the harbor, while vessels up to 820 ft. (250 m) can be berthed alongside.
UMC chairman David Jones explained: "Portland has a strategic location on the U.K. South Coast and has excellent facilities including good shelter, deep waters, low currents and very clear underwater visibility. It has already proved popular with both ship
March, 2001 owners and classification societies and this has led to us establishing a dedicat- ed underwater maintenance and repair center within the port."
UMC has already carried out myriad number of tasks including a propeller polish on the 90,607 dwt tanker
Lochness before it went to dry dock in
Poland, and fitting a new rudder to a general cargo vessel.
Other jobs have included underwater hull cleaning, surveys and replacing defective hull plating.
Part of the investment being made by
UMC at Portland will include two mini-
Pamper underwater hull cleaning machines and Jones expects the port to become increasingly attractive for own- ers wanting a rapid solution to mainte- nance and repair requirements.
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