A&P Group welcomes cruise ship MV Balmoral to Falmouth for dry docking

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Posted on April 11, 2022 at 9:46 a.m. by

The Maritime Executive

[By: A&P Group]

A&P Falmouth welcomed cruise ship MV Balmoral to its facilities for ship repair work.

The 218 meter cruise ship carries 1325 passengers and is operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Fred. Olsen cruise ships are regular visitors to the Falmouth International Cruise Terminal, which is operated by A&P. However, this is the first time the company has chosen to send its cruise ships to A&P for ship repair work.

Balmoral’s work program includes steel inserts, ship’s side valves, tunnel thruster overhaul and underwater painting.

Eddie Purves, A&P Group Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines chose to take advantage of the A&P Group’s ship repair facilities.

“A&P Group is the UK’s largest commercial ship repair company. The combination of our three strategic locations, seven dry docks, manufacturing services and extensive skills and capabilities makes our facilities a premier choice for cruise lines operating in the UK and beyond.

“A&P Falmouth is strategically located next to the English Channel and offers full dry-docking facilities to mid-size cruise ships with excellent on-site machining capabilities.

“The Falmouth International Cruise Terminal is a favorite of some of the world’s largest cruise lines, with ships visiting the port for port calls and layovers.

“Our ambition now is to make A&P Falmouth and A&P Tyne a center of excellence in cruise ship repair, minimizing customer vessel downtime and improving their fleet availability.”

David McGinley, CEO said; “It was fantastic to welcome Fred. Balmoral from Olsen to A&P Falmouth.

“Contracts like these help us maintain our workforce, apprenticeship program and supply chain which drive prosperity and add real social value to the South West of England and beyond. of the.

“We are delighted to welcome MV Balmoral to Falmouth and look forward to developing our partnership with Fred. Olsen.

Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: ‘Our smaller ships call at Falmouth regularly as part of our UK sailings, and it’s a town we know our customers love to visit with us.

“We are really delighted to extend this relationship with A&P Falmouth by working with them on a drydock for our elegant Balmoral, as we prepare her for return to service with us in early May.

“As a family cruise line, we know how important it is to support local communities. By docking in Falmouth, we are happy to support the local community here and the wider supply chain as Balmoral prepares to welcome its first guests on board.

“We look forward to an even stronger working relationship with A&P Group, now and in the future.”

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