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23 July 2019

A&P Group provides Offshore Services to Stena IceMAX

Falmouth Docks and Engineering Company (FDEC), part of the A&P Group, has completed a four-week contract which saw it providing offshore services to StenaDrilling’s Stena IceMAX.

FDEC is a statutory harbour authority, responsible for the area of water immediately surrounding Falmouth Docks. FDEC offers a range of services including quayside storage and letting facilities, towage services, cruise ship operations and cargo handling services.

Falmouth’s geographical location, deep water access, sheltered facilities and the shoreside services and support offered by FDEC made it the perfect choice when StenaDrilling needed to load stores and change crews.

The Stena IceMAX, the world’s first dynamically positioned, dual mast ice-class drillship, anchored in Falmouth Bay for the duration of its stay. FDEC oversaw the delivery of equipment and stores to its undercover storage facility and the subsequent transfer of those stores, along with the transfer of crews, to the ship.

Drystan Jones, FDEC’s Port Operations Director, said:

“StenaDrilling needed a deep-water area where they could undertake crew changes and load stores prior to going to a job in southern Ireland. We were delighted that they identified Falmouth as an ideal location to complete these works. We provided a shore-base for Stena which included a through-store capability for bringing the equipment they needed for the vessel through our secure storage facility and the crew transfer operation".

He continued:

“This was an entirely water-based operation for us. This project showcases the capability on offer by FDEC and the A&P Group, to provide an efficient crew transfer location and stores transfer location for offshore support vessels that are not necessarily alongside the docks.”



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