Shipbuilding returns to the Tyne?

Shipbuilding returns to the Tyne?

Postby Whickham » Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:42 pm

Well barge building actually, but from small acorns . . . . . .

From the A&P Tyne website:

A&P TYNE WINS SEVEN YEAR CONTRACT WITH CORY FOR 21 BARGES

Posted On 31st July 2020

A&P Tyne, part of A&P Group, has secured a multi-million pound contract with waste management firm Cory Riverside Energy, for the fabrication of 21 barges over a seven year period.

Construction is already underway on the first three barges, ready for delivery in December, with the remaining barges to be built over the next seven years.

The contract is for the build of two types of barges – 20 box and 30 box barges – both of which will be used by Cory to transport London’s residual waste up and down the River Thames. The barges will replace nearly half of Cory’s existing 50-strong barge fleet and transport between 270 and 400 tonnes of waste each. The entire fleet will remove the need for 100,000 truck journeys from London’s roads every year.

A&P’s extensive on-site fabrication facilities were instrumental in securing the contract, as they enable simultaneous fabrication of several barges at once. A&P’s engineers and fabricators will use the panel line to construct and weld each of the main parts of the barges, which are 35m and 48m in length, adjacent to the 23,000 m2 fabrication hall. The 20 box barges will be fabricated in two sections and the 30 box barges in three sections, prior to final assembly.

Once painted, the first of each type of barge will be launched and inclination tested in accordance with IACS procedures. Completed barges will be towed to Charlton on the Thames two at a time, ready to begin service.

Keith Henry, Managing Director at A&P North East said; “A&P Tyne secured this contract as a result of our proven track record delivering complex fabrication projects and our extensive facilities. We are delighted to be collaborating with Cory and helping them to deliver a new fleet of barges which will deliver significant environmental benefits.”

Fran Comerford-Cole, Director of Logistics for Cory, said “Our river operations are a core part of our business and I am delighted to be working with A&P on this contract. Their UK-based operations mean that this is good news not just for London, but for the UK as a whole as the economy begins to open back up.”

A&P Group is a leading provider of ship repair, conversion and marine services and heavy engineering expertise and operates seven dry docks and extensive fabrication facilities across three strategic locations in the UK.

As one of the leading engineering business in the UK, A&P is involved in a diverse range of fabrication and repair projects across a broad cross section of sectors including Defence, Marine, Oil and Gas, Subsea, Energy, Civil and Nuclear. High profile projects have included delivering block build fabrication for the Astute Submarine Class, HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers and RRS Sir David Attenborough, as well as fabricating pontoons and sea fastenings for the offshore wind sector.

All A&P Group facilities combine a rich heritage of marine and engineering skills and experience, providing a diverse customer base with all the precision skills needed to complete the most demanding projects.
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Re: Shipbuilding returns to the Tyne?

Postby magoonigal » Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:32 pm

Great News. OK its small but it will keep the "Skills" involved in shipbuilding alive.
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Re: Shipbuilding returns to the Tyne?

Postby fitter » Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:57 pm

Posted on Dennis Maccoys Shahristan picture: "I remember the atmosphere on the Tyne when Sunderland built ships drydocked there after seat trials, dark winter mornings when the whole river and river sides were lit by ships, shipbuilders, ship repairers and even at seven o'clock thousands of us were starting a busy day." The sights, sounds and smells of ship work were evocative. The hundreds of ships of every type with crews from all over the world, the familiar ships that returned for years, and everything it all represented are things I felt really glad to have seen and taken part in. The many men, rough, often foul mouthed and sometimes vulgar were the salt of the earth that, between them achieved some amazing things, over a few hundred years. I never realised it till it was too late, what a privilege it was to be among them.
Even if it was only a small way, it would be brilliant to see shipbuilding return.
Hats off to A&P for perseverance in the face of every kind of adversity
If they need a retired fitter I would be happy to return to work! :lol:
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Re: Shipbuilding returns to the Tyne?

Postby Whickham » Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:37 pm

Well the first two barges are scheduled to leave the river on the 26th - Friday. The Port of Tyne website has them currently sitting at Bede Quay and called A&P BARGE 1 and A&P BARGE 2. Tugs GOLIATH and GT VICTORY are also at the quay and scheduled to leave at the same time, presumably one barge each. There is a third barge called - - - - - - -A&P BARGE 3 also at Bede Quay but slated to move on the 2nd of March.
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Re: Shipbuilding returns to the Tyne?

Postby Whickham » Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:16 pm

Not the best of photos, long range and poor light, but these are the first two barges for Cory from A&P.
GOLIATH and GT VICTORY also alongside.
Photos sent to me by James Baxter

Barge 1.jpg
Photo by James Baxter

Barge 2.jpg
Photo by James Baxter
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