One of the largest ships to be impacted by Storm Desmond has been taken to A&P Group’s Tyneside yard for repairs.
The 5,000-tonne vehicle carrier City of Rotterdam collided with another vessel on the Humber Estuary when the storm hit the North of England at the end of last year. A&P Group’s 100-strong Tyneside team will now undertake a programme of structural steel repairs before it returns to service at the end of January.
Darren Brown, managing director of A&P Group Tyne said: “It was quite a spectacle to see the storm-damaged ship coming up the Tyne.
“We made a temporary repair to the damage at Immingham in order for her to be able to sail to the Tyne.
“Now we’ve got a large undertaking as we use our problem solving capability and absolute attention to detail to return the City of Rotterdam back to service as soon as possible.
“It’s repairs of this scale and status that see our team of highly experienced production and project teams really come into their own.”
A&P Group operates seven dry docks across three UK locations and a ship repair yard in Australia.
In the image below, the severely damaged City of Rotterdam after the collision with Ro-Ro ferry Primula Seaways off Immingham,UK in December 2015: