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UK Docks to Maintain Key MoD Marine Research Vessels

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A TYNESIDE firm is celebrating after winning orders worth £150m to service Ministry of Defence research vessels over the next decade.

UK Docks, which has dry docks on the Wear and Tees will maintain HMS Protector, HMS Enterprise and HMS Echo - three ships which play a vital part in the Royal Navy’s supply chain.

The North East company, which began life in a small boatyard on the Tyne little more than 20 years ago has grown to become a national and international organisation operating around the globe.

And the defence contract, announced by the Ministry of Defence today, represents a substantial increase in the turnover of the company and safeguards and creates dozens of jobs.

The contract will also benefit the company’s marine-related supply chain as repairs and maintenance are carried out.

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Director Jonathan Wilson said: “It’s fantastic news for us - the successful conclusion of months of hard work put into bidding for these contracts - and it takes us to another level as a company.

“It’s an exciting time for UK Docks - a great opportunity and responsibility we have been given by the Ministry of Defence - and we will rise to all expectations.

“We are very proud of our North East origins and it is great to see these contracts being serviced for the country by a company based in the region.

“We will be managing, coordinating and planning all maintenance activity from our facilities on Tyneside, but noting our dry docks on Teesside have the capacity to service all three vessels, whenever it is possible, the servicing work on them will be carried out there.”

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The UK Docks contract forms part of a wider £1bn deal that will secure hundreds of jobs at shipyards right across the country, announced by Defence Minister Stuart Andrew today. 

The deal covers 17 ships and will improve how spares, repairs and maintenance work are carried out. 

Mr Andrew said: “This £1bn deal secures work for some of our world-leading shipyards into the next decade, supporting over 700 jobs for workers to ensure our ships remain at sea to defend the nation. 

“This vital work is not only great news for our Navy, but also underlines the importance of defence to our national skills and prosperity.”

UK Docks’ will service three Royal Navy marine survey ships - HMS Protector, HMS Echo and HMS Enterprise.

At 90 metres long the ships are of a significant scale andthe task of UK Docks will be to ensure all three are properly repaired and maintained until 2028.

HMS Protector provides a UK presence in the British Antarctic Territory and meets the UK’s treaty obligations for inspections, hydrographical charting and support of scientific research.

It can also be called upon to operate in the tropics.

HMS Echo and Enterprise deliver defence, global environmental data-gathering requirements and associated war roles.

All three play important roles in the navy and the ships need to be operational for334 days per year.

It will be UK Docks' responsibility to ensure their availability by, if necessary, overseeing maintenance and repairs across the globe.

UK Docks' founder, Harry Wilson, said: “It is an amazing moment for us as a company to win a contract of this magnitude, prestige and scale.

“It is an acknowledgement of the quality of work and the huge amount of effort that has been put in by the workforce of the company in recent years.

“I think it may have helped that we previously demonstrated our ability to successfully service some of the MoD’s under 50 metres fleet of support vessels from our facilities around the UK.

“That may have played a part in our taking the next step up in terms of the size and scale of responsibility.

“The contract brings investment into the region, will help further develop expertise and skills and I think it is a great vote of confidence in the North East of England.

Tender Notification - AMOS Business Suite

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UK Docks Marine Services                                                       Tender Notification

Tender Title: Supply and Install AMOS Business Suite Office

Information:

UK Docks offer Dry Docks, Afloat Repair Berths and specialist Boat Repair facilities throughout the UK and employ Specialist Service Engineers for vessel repair, construction, conversion and engineering services to the Marine, Offshore and Defence Sector throughout the world.

We are looking for interested companies to quote for to supply and install AMOS Business Suite Office which will need to include Purchase, Stock Control, Budget, Document System and CBM. This is a vessel maintenance and management software system and will need to be installed onboard a number of vessels. The successful provider will need to be able to demonstrate previous experience of providing this software, ability to provide 24/7 support, annual license requirements and experience of working on board ships whilst the vessel(s) are in operation.

Full details of the AMOS Business Suite Office requirements are provided in a tender documentation which will be issued to interested parties wishing to tender.

Should you wish to express an interest in tendering and receive a copy of the tender documentation then please email jonathan.wilson@ukdocks.com

Estimated timescales:

Contract Start Date: 1stFebruary 2019                                       

Expression of Interest Deadline: 23rd November 2018     

Tender Submission Deadline: 30th November 2018         

UKDOCKS Complete Royal Navy P2000 Ship Life Extension Programme

A Ship Life Extension Programme has been completed on 16 patrol and training vessels extending the out of service dates to the mid-2030s. 

The P2000 Archer Class vessels, which entered service between 1983 and 1998, are used for specific Fleet tasking including providing navigation and sea-sense training to students who are members of the University Royal Naval Units (URNU).

The capability of the P2000s was affected by main engine performance and breakdowns became more frequent.

In 2013 Navy Command endorsed an option to provide funding for a Ship Life Extension Programme (SLEP) and the DE&S Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) Boats team started work with HMS Biter in 2013 before handing over the final naval vessel - HMS Puncher - last month (pictured).

SLEP Project Leader Steven Todd (pictured far left with Director of UK Docks South Charlie Barley) said: “ The Boats team have worked hard with our industry partners to deliver this improved capability on time and budget. This programme will maintain the P2000 availability well into the 2030s.” 

Simultaneous Repairs on two Dredger Vessels

UK Docks dry dock the Britannia Aggregates dredging vessel ‘Britannia Beaver’ in No 2 dock and Hanson Aggregates vessel ‘Arco Dijk’, in No 3 dock. Both vessels docked for their 25 year special survey and during survey, routine maintenance was carried out on both vessels along with various steel renewals, dredge gear upgrades and paint coating renewals.

TV Tristram 10 Year Survey

In order for TV Tristram to dry dock, UK Docks organised and arranged the tow of TV Tristram from her permanent mooring system within Portland Harbour. The vessel was towed approx. 450 nautical miles to UK Docks Teesside facility where the vessel was dry-docked. The work scope included shot blasting the entire underwater area and renewing all paint coatings and anode system, carrying out extensive paint preparation repairs to the entire topsides, superstructure, decks and applying a full new paint system in order to preserve the vessel for a 10 year period. In addition, various mechanical works were completed, new boarding platforms manufactured and installed to both port and stbd side of the vessel, a UT Survey was carried out which identified extensive steel work repairs which required to be carried. On completion, the vessel was towed back to Portland Harbour and re-connected to its 4 point permanent mooring system

 

Double Docking for GulfMark NS

GulfMark NS make full use of No 3 dry dock by double docking the AHV UT 722L Highland Valour and Highland Endurance, both of which are sister ships. Measuring a combined length overall of 160 metres, and a dry dock overall length of 167 metres, carefull planning and preparations were required to satisfy this tight fit.

Once docked, both vessels were mobilized for a prestigious contract operating off Trinidad and the main work involved was hull painting, machinery and pipework upgrades, routine vessel  maintenance and general survey inspections.  Both vessels undocked on schedule in good timing for their forthcoming charter.

UK Docks Marine Services Teesside completes first vessel refit in over 30 years in newly refurbished dry dock

The Arco Beck Suction Dredger vessel owned and operated by Hanson’s Aggregates is the first vessel to dry dock in No 3 dock. The Arco Beck was dry docked so that the owners could carry out 25-year special survey and routine vessel maintenance. Following the docking and survey, a large amount of emergent works was identified on board for the vessels dredging equipment and hull plating. The vessel was stemmed for 25 days and in close cooperation with owners and contractors, UK Docks re-delivered the vessel in 28 days completing well over twice the original planned scope of repairs.

Kevin Ayres, Ship Manager for Hanson Aggregates commented on completion Hanson Aggregates Marine chose UK Docks to dry dock our vessel Arco Beck in order to carry out a 25 year special survey and routine vessel maintenance following a tendering process.

UK Docks completed this work to a high standard and followed up with a comprehensive QA package for reference, along with no higher than expected costs.

Third Dry Dock Open for Business

No 3 dry dock is now in full operation following extensive refurbishment after 30 years of being laid up as a dry dock facility. The work has been carried out over the past 2 years whereby the dock entrance was fully dredged allowing both gates to be brought back into operational after extensive steel repairs and new seal arrangements were fitted to the sealing cill. Once watertight, this allowed the gates to be closed and sealed and over 3000 tonnes of concrete, which sealed the dock from the river, was removed over a period of 16 weeks. Other works included removing and refurbishing the main dock flooding valves, The installation of a thruster pit for drop down and Azimuth type thrusters, extensive repairs to the dock walls and main drainage culverts and upgrades to the pump room took place.