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Building our youth for the future

A mutual passion for engineering brought Pembrokeshire College engineering staff, Mainstay Marine and Broadhaven School together for a fun and engaging day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related activities recently. Year 5 pupils were set a challenge by Project Manager Emma Lewis and Industrial Design Engineer Jacqueline Rawsthorne from Mainstay Marine Solutions (Workboat and Marine Energy Device Builders based in Pembroke Dock). Pupils were tasked to design and construct a boat which could support a weight without it sinking, “I loved the day, especially making my boat, which actually floated,” enthused student Libby Phillips. Class-based theory is not always enough to excite young people, but when supported by fun practical activities and team challenges STEM subjects are given the celebrity status they deserve. “We specifically want to encourage girls to choose science and engineering related courses as it can lead to rewarding, professional careers,” said College lecturer Karen Flannery.  “This has been an exceptional day for our children, the activities and the staff have been great. I... read more

Wave of success continues for Mainstay Marine

Pembroke Dock-based workboat and marine energy device builder Mainstay Marine Solutions has won the second phase contract for the ‘design, engineering and maintenance support’ for an innovative wave energy converter development project on behalf of client Wave-tricity. The first stage build was completed by Mainstay in February of this year. Following successful initial trialing the device can now be advanced to stage two of the build before it is will be redeployed to the Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone, a wave energy site off the Pembrokeshire coastline. The contract with Wave-tricity will run until December 2018. Wave-tricity was recently granted a £4m investment from the European Regional Development Fund via the Welsh Government. The new and innovative device called the ‘Ocean Wave Rower’ will convert the natural motion of the waves into clean energy. ‘’Mainstay Marine have been a very important partner in helping us to reach our first milestone and getting our platform to sea as planned to start testing” said Paul Burton, Technical Director of Wave-tricity, “they have proved their... read more

Welsh Workboat Builders Mainstay Marine Deliver Crew Transfer Vessel to Scottish Waters

A Camarc designed 15m Crew Transfer vessel has been delivered to Scottish Tug Operator and Owner Targe Towing. Constructed with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure the vessel has a speed in excess of 15 knots and a bollard pull of 6 tonnes. Compliment is for two crew and 12 passengers. The boat has been operating for two months alongside oil terminal platforms on the east coast of Scotland in swell conditions of up to 2 metres in wave height. Stewart Graves , Managing Director of Mainstay Marine Solutions commented “Our team of skilled workers, many of whom are based locally, help to position us as the best in what we do. It’s their positive attitude and approach to work that has helped us grow’’. The contract success is the latest win for Mainstay, which now employs 80, with 10 per cent of the direct workforce consisting of apprentices. The firm’s turnover has increased by a third, from just under £4m to more than £5m, during the last twelve... read more

Welsh Fisheries Patrol Vessels to be built by Welsh Boat Builder!

Mainstay Marine have won the contracts to deliver a 26m Monohull Patrol Vessel, for South Fisheries and a 19m Catamaran Patrol Vessel, for North Fisheries. The awarding of the contract follows a competitive international bidding process and means the vessels will be built in Wales, by a local company and provide skilled employment in Pembrokeshire. The new vessels will replace the current ageing boats, to effectively protect from illegal fishing activity in Welsh waters and safeguard Wales’ fishing industry and coastal communities in the years ahead. Since its inception in 2014, Mainstay Marine has safeguarded 30 jobs and created 50 new positions, with 98% of its employees based in Pembrokeshire. The company also employs 10% of its direct workforce as apprentices. The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, announced the contracts during a visit to Mainstay Marine Solutions’ facilities in Pembroke Dock to see the workshops where the vessels will be built. The Cabinet Secretary said: “The Welsh Government takes very seriously its responsibility for managing... read more

Mainstay sees off international competition to land new vessel contract!

A designer, builder and maintainer of workboats and renewable marine energy devices has won a significant contract to construct a crew transfer vessel. Mainstay Marine Solutions, which won against international competition, will build the boat at its deep-water facility in Pembroke Dock for client Targe Towing, a Scottish-based tug owner and operator. The 15m vessel, designed by Carmarc Design, will have a maximum speed of 15 knots and capacity for two crew and 12 passengers. The boat will operate alongside oil terminal platforms on the east coast of Scotland in swell conditions of up to 2 metres in wave height. Extensive sea trials will take place close to Pembroke Dock, with delivery scheduled for spring 2017. The contract success is the latest win for Mainstay, which now employs 80, with 10 per cent of the direct workforce consisting of apprentices. It recently won a contract to build a new energy device for a £5.8m renewables scheme in South Wales. The firm’s turnover has increased by a third, from just... read more

Mainstay Marine Solutions secures contract on £5.8m scheme

A designer, builder and maintainer of workboats and renewable marine energy devices has won a contract to build a new energy device for a £5.8m scheme in South Wales. Pembroke Dock-based Mainstay Marine Solutions will complete the first major stage of an innovative wave energy converter development project on behalf of client Wave-Tricity. The contract win continues a successful period for Mainstay, which now employs 80, with 10 per cent of the direct workforce consisting of apprentices. The firm’s turnover has increased by a third, from just under £4m to more than £5m, during the last twelve months. Wave-Tricity was recently granted a £4m investment from the European Regional Development Fund via the Welsh Government. It will develop and test a new device called the Ocean Wave Rower, which will convert the natural motion of the waves into clean energy. The device will be deployed in the Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zones, a wave energy site off the Pembrokeshire coastline, for two years. This trial, which is scheduled for sea trials... read more

Mainstay’s success continues with order of 37m Floating Bridge for the Isle of Wight Council

A flagship contract for the has been won by Welsh boat building firm Mainstay Marine Solutions Ltd based in Pembroke Dock in Pembrokeshire. The contract will create another 20 jobs in the region bringing the workforce up to 100. Established in 1859 the Cowes to East Cowes Floating Bridge is one of the few remaining that has not been replaced by a physical bridge. The service has been owned and operated by the Island’s local authority since 1901. The replacement floating bridge is being funded by the Isle of Wight Council and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the East Cowes Regeneration Project – a major regeneration scheme on the Isle of Wight to create a long term, sustainable vibrant community and better connections to and across the Isle of Wight. Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for Public Transport, Tourism, Recreation and Heritage at the Isle of Wight commented: ‘The council recognises that the floating bridge provides an essential link between Cowes and East Cowes, and accordingly... read more

A SAINT IS BORN

St Brides, the first of three 19m Pilot Boats built by Mainstay Marine to be delivered to the Port of Milford Haven. The £3.6m contract is a flagship project for Mainstay Marine Solutions with delivery for the second and third due in April and July respectively. The vessels are an upgraded version of the ‘Picton’ Pilot Boat built by the company in 2006. The 48 tonne vessels, designed by Camarc Design, are capable of reaching up to 14 knots with 12 persons on board. The craft are designed to be used extensively in heavy weather and are likely to operate in swells up to 6m significant wave height. The vessels are expected to withstand 1,000 vessel boarding impacts over an average duty cycle of 2,500 hours per year. Following a public competition administered by the Port, the pilot boats are to be named after three significant landmarks within Pembrokeshire – ‘St Brides’, ‘St Govans’ and ‘St Davids’. The Harbourmaster at the Port of Milford Haven, Bill Hirst, commented ‘’the... read more

Mainstay Marine’s success continues with delivery of wind farm support vessel

Pembroke Dock-based boat building specialist Mainstay Marine Solutions has delivered the 20m vessel Porth Nefyn to transfer vessel operator Turbine Transfers. The 50-tonne aluminium BMT Nigel Gee-designed wind farm support catamaran, which has completed extensive harbour and sea trials is capable of transporting up to 12 turbine technicians at a speed of up to 25 knots. The Porth Nefyn will work principally on offshore European wind farm sites between the Baltic and Irish Seas. The vessel is an extended version of the existing 18m CE class vessel Porth Eilian. It has been designed and built to BV class category 2 certification for operations up to 60nm offshore, with a 25-year service life. Turbine Transfers operates around 50 windfarm support vessels. Its fleet ranges from 15m basic wind farm support boats to larger, more technically advanced vessels, with the Porth Nefyn helping ensure the company covers all standards and vessel types. Mark Meade, chief executive of Holyhead-based Turbine Transfers, said: “The Porth Nefyn has been designed as an efficient, cost... read more

Not so ‘Grave’ future for West Wales businesses, says Managing Director Stewart Graves

Energy and the Economy was on everyone’s lips at the West Wales’ Economic and Energy Forum meeting on at the Parc Y Scarlet’s stadium last Friday (26th June 2015) Following an early morning networking breakfast, guests were invited to submit questions to a  panel of informative business leaders and experts from the region. When questioned about what ‘big opportunities there may be in the pipeline for businesses in West Wales’, Mainstay Marine’s Managing Director, Stewart Graves responded ‘Marine Renewable Energy is a great opportunity for the area as a whole’. He continued by arguing the case that ‘businesses should continue to look for ways to utilise our national resources without exploiting them. Renewable energy sources such as wave and tidal energy generation can do just that. At Mainstay Marine we will continue to take advantage of our accessibility to the strong tidal ranges and flows off the Pembrokeshire Coastline. The wave and tidal energy market is growing fast and we are proud to have been involved in local renewable... read more

Revitalised Mainstay Marine Solutions’ strong order book prompts recruitment campaign

As a workboat and marine renewable energy device builder we have transformed our fortunes following fresh investment, and we’re celebrating a flying start to 2015. Now under a new ownership and management structure, we are actively recruiting skilled workers and apprentices to meet a busy work schedule going into the New Year. Over the last six months, Mainstay Marine Solutions has created 12 new jobs, bringing the total workforce to 42 people. The company is looking to recruit a further 18 employees by mid-2015, doubling its original workforce. Captain Mark Meade, chairman of Mustang Marine, said: “We’re very pleased to see a business known for its excellent workboats meet the initial targets that the new management team set in mid-2014.” “Our investors recognised that there was a successful core to the business based on a reputation for quality and a proud heritage in marine engineering that stretches back more than 30 years.” Captain Meade, who is also the managing director of Holyhead Boatyard, added: “Over 90 per cent of... read more

Mustang Marine take on £3.6m pilot boat order for Port of Milford Haven

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded one of the most significant new build projects in West Wales this year; a £3.6m contract to construct three new pilot boats for the Port of Milford Haven. As a result, we will be looking to recruit new workers locally in a number of skilled positions to meet an increased demand for our services, having already increased the size of our workforce to 60 people over the last 12 months. The new contact will see Mainstay Marine Solutions build three 19m pilot boats at our deep-water facility at Pembroke Dock. The vessels, designed by Camarc Design, will have a maximum speed of 14 knots and capacity for 12 persons. The three new pilot boats are similar in design to the ‘Picton’ delivered to the port authority in 2008.  We have previously built nine similarly designed boats. The craft are designed to be used extensively in heavy weather, capable of operating in swells up to 5m in wave height,... read more

Pembrokeshire’s Mainstay Marine Solutions looking to future following rebrand

As of 12 June 2015, Mustang Marine has rebranded as Mainstay Marine Solutions, adopting a new name and corporate image following a successful first year under new ownership. We have thrived under this new ownership and we’re on course to double our workforce compared to 12 months ago, increasing from 27 employees in June 2014 to 60 today. The name Mainstay Marine Solutions draws on our company’s rich maritime heritage, track record for excellence in the maritime sector, and focus on delivering time critical solutions for our clients. Stewart Graves, our Managing Director said: “The last 12 months have seen a lot of positive changes for the business, both in its working practices and culture. “The rebranding exercise we’ve carried out has drawn upon those experiences, and the new name, Mainstay Marine Solutions, reflects what we’re about as a business. “We’re more than just boat builders – we look to provide solutions to our customers’ workboat, marine energy and waterside infrastructure objectives. “We already had a proud maritime heritage... read more