More joy for Tyneside shipyard as it begins repair work on three vessels

A&P at Hebburn has won a three-ship repair contract, a fortnight after the Queen launched the new aircraft carrier on which the yard worked

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HMS Queen Elizabeth

South Tyneside-based A&P has fought off strong competition from shipyards across Europe to clinch a three-ship repair deal from Euroship Services Ltd.

It comes just a fortnight after the Hebburn yard saw their latest warship given the royal seal of approval.

Under the new contract, the Mazarine, Palatine and Undine will consecutively dry-dock at the Tyneside yard from now until mid-August for general ship repair services.

An A&P spokesman said: “This is a big boost for the A&P who have not completed work for the Euroship Group for many years. Our pricing and lead time proved to be most competitive.”

The main scope of works for the Mazerine and the Palatine, which are sister ships, is very similar and includes, blasting and painting, external steelwork repairs, thrusters overhaul, engine and a list of various electrical works.

The Undine has a more extensive scope of works which will include stern door repairs, painting and blasting, steelwork repairs, tank repairs, mooring winches repairs, rudder repairs, port and stbd tails shafts, propeller works, thrusters overhaul, main engines overhaul works all together with the usual dry docking scope.

The contract makes it a memorable fortnight for A&P. Workers there downed tools on July 5 to watch Queen and Prince Philip officially launch the first of the Queen Elizabeth II class aircraft carriers for which the yard has built the flight decks, hangars and main blocks.

One of the largest Royal Navy vessels ever built, the 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth was christened with a bottle of malt whisky at the Rosyth Dockyard in Fife.

The ceremony was streamed live to Hebburn so those who worked on the project could see the culmination of their work.

“It is a very proud day for the company and the people who work here,” a spokesman for A&P said. “We’ve had the ceremony streamed live and the whole workforce watched it - then we had a hog roast.”

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