Expanding horizons

Operating as part of the A&P Group’s business in the north east of England, A&P Falmouth specialises in ship repair, engineering services and fabrication. Throughout the north east, the company is focused on delivering a safe, quality, and cost-effective and efficient service for all of its customers. The major strength of the business is derived from its personnel, both in terms of its workforce and external subcontractors that allow the A&P Group to meet its customers’ demands for a genuine seven-day-a-week service. With seven dry docks across three strategic locations in the UK at Falmouth, Tyne and Tees, A&P Group offers an extensive portfolio of services that can accommodate all ship repair requirements, ranging from emergency dockings to 25-year special surveys.

The company’s Falmouth port boasts one of the world’s largest natural deep-water harbours and represents the largest ship-repair complex in the UK, with three large graving docks and extensive deepwater berthing that provides capacity for vessels of up to 100,000 tonnes. A&P Falmouth offers on site engineering, painting and fabrication workshops and works in collaboration with specialist contractors and OEMs, which are integrated to provide a complete range of marine and repair services to the company’s clients. In addition to its extensive workshop facilities that cover all disciplines, A&P Falmouth offers bunkering facilities, the ability to dock without gas-freeing, in-water surveys and propeller polishing. All work is carried out under rigorous compliance with an integrated safety, health, quality and environmental management system fully certified under ISO 9001, 14001 & OHSAS 18001.

While A&P Falmouth offers a comprehensive range of ship repair and engineering services, the port also plays an important role in transportation and trade. It is wholly capable of trading vast amounts of cargo as a busy port that handles more than 100,000 tonnes of product on an annual basis. The port’s cargo-handling operations are supported by a network of more than 30 local companies located within the docks estate area, which are ready and waiting to provide a comprehensive range of technical services. These include towage, ship’s agency, area port health, diving services, local surveyors and tank washing. In terms of its transportation services, Falmouth is viewed as the gateway to Cornwall and is used by in excess of 40,000 cruise passengers annually.

Indeed, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines recently completed its first season of turnaround calls at A&P Falmouth as the Boudicca sailed for Liverpool during April 2016. Fred. Olsen made its first turnaround call at A&P Falmouth in April 2016 and in a short time more than 1800 passengers had started their cruise voyages from Falmouth, with Fred. Olsen continuing to use the port for five cruise day calls during the summer season. Cruise operators will now make 24 scheduled day calls at A&P Falmouth this summer, allowing visitors to take advantage of a new and colourful cruise terminal space. A&P Falmouth is also encouraging local businesses and traders to set up stalls within the terminal to create a market atmosphere and a real Cornish welcome, working alongside Falmouth’s cruise ambassadors, who will celebrate their 10th anniversary during summer 2016. “Fred. Olsen’s decision to use Falmouth shows the advantages we offer here, such as enabling cruise liners to travel further south in less time than from other UK ports and providing an alternative boarding point for cruise lovers in the west,” says Drystan Jones, Port Operations Director for A&P Falmouth. “We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines for some time and are delighted we can expect more day visits, particularly as they make such a valuable contribution to the Cornish economy. We’re really keen for local businesses to get involved and make this a community initiative.”

A&P Falmouth is proud to deliver a long-term commitment to quality, reliability and efficiency, which has enabled it to develop several long-term shiprepair partners, including P&O, Grimaldi, Condor, Gardline, Euroships, Stena UK and the Ministry of Defence, some of which have been in place for up to 15 years. The port is engaged in an ongoing multi-million pound Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract to complete the fitting out of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new fleet of four tankers, which is scheduled for completion during February 2017. The contract has created ten new jobs in addition to six new apprenticeships and has also helped to secure a further 350 jobs on site. It has also provided a strong boost to the local economy in the wake of a challenging few years.

The port has also delivered high-quality customisation work on tide-class Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers that ensures that the vessels boast state-of-the-art equipment such as communication systems, ballistic protection and upgrades that will allow the quick fitting of self-defence weapons. Once completed, the RFA will boast top-class tankers that will be able to deliver superior support to the Royal Navy as it takes on operations across the globe. Entering into service in 2016, the tankers will maintain the Royal Navy’s ability to refuel at sea and will provide fuel to task groups and warships. As part of the contract A&P Falmouth will provide support to all four ships during service for a minimum of three years.

While A&P Falmouth continues to boast a strong order book thanks to its impressive reputation for delivering a premier standard of service, the company maintains a keen eye for finding new opportunities and projects. The port will seek to further increase its business in MoD projects and to develop its presence in the scrubber installation sector. By expanding its consumer base through new service solutions, A&P Falmouth will continue to drive strong growth and development to its shareholders and the local economy.

A&P Falmouth
Specialises in ship repairs, engineering services and fabrication
Handles 100,000 tonnes of product annually
Further expanding into MoD and exhaust scrubber projects