A&P Shipcare Stays Busy

A&P Shipcare has opened a new repair facility in Tilbury Freeport. London.

The facility, which will support the nationwide, 24-hour, 365-day service already provided by the existing A&P Shipcare network, comprises workshop facilities in the port capable of carrying out engine and mechanical overhauls, steelwork, pipework renewals and electrical repairs and installations. Also available from this division are riding squads and procurement of ships spares.

A&P Shipcare Completes Repairs Aboard American Cormorant The 52,092-dwt U.S.-registered Heavy Lift Vessel American Cormorant left Southampton on September 2 after its annual lay over during which A&P Shipcare - Southampton carried out various works. The 1975-built American Cormorant was in the Southampton area for a visit to the Combat Equipment Battalion in Hythe. The vessel, which arrived in Southampton on June 8 and departed on August 29, underwent various tank repairs which entailed bulkhead steel repairs, steel pipe refurbishment and repairs and replacement of heavy duty plastic pipe, a task which previously had never been carried out by A&P Shipcare - Southampton.

A&P also supplied steelworkers and riggers for de-lashing work of her cargo, which comprised three tugs, three landing craft, a crane barge, a flat barge and two LCM (small landing craft), when the vessel was berthed at Gillkicker Point, Solent on June 4.

A&P Grabs Hold Of Reefer Market The reefer market has proved the most 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 nine-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. Having successfully completed both vessels, A&P Falmouth are now awaiting the arrival on 9th October of the third Amer Shipping vessel the 9.072 grt Amer Everest, for drydocking and survey.

Another major reefer vessel owner, Norway's Leif Hoegh & Co. ASA, also utilized the repair facilities of A&P Falmouth.

The 7,743 grt Crystal Pride arrived during early September for drydocking and survey, which included hull preparation and painting and boiler and generator maintenance. Deck repairs included work on the cargo cranes and hatch covers. Following the Crystal Pride, her sister ship. Crystal Prince arrived in Falmouth for drydocking and survey during a 12 day period mid-September.

and a third sister ship, Crystal Primadonna arrived at the end of the month with similar works completed, and left the yard on schedule on October Circle 18 o n Reader Service Card w w w . m a r i t i m e r e p o r t e r i n f o . c om

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