Mainstay Marine are set to undertake yet another infrastructure upgrade to further streamline its marine servicing activities and meet the demands of clients who are opting for more environmentally friendly solutions.
The Workboat Builders and Specialist Marine Engineers located in the deep-water port at Pembroke Dock on the Milford Haven Waterway will purchase a ‘portable retractable tunnel’ and associated plant with the assistance of Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) funding.
The tunnel will act as a workshop to allow vessels and other marine structures to be lifted out of the water and placed undercover for ultra-high-pressure washdown and spraying. The infrastructure investment will bring about a number of socio-economic and environmental benefits for the company, customers and stakeholders alike.
Stewart Graves, Managing Director commented ‘’We are delighted to have secured the funding from CCF, the retractable workshop will be a great addition to our recent upgrades allowing us to further streamline work activities, improve quality and become ever less dependent on slipway availability, meaning a quicker turnaround and more cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution for our customers. We look forward to welcoming new and existing clients into our yard’’.
Mainstay’s strategic location benefits from proximity to the Bristol Channel, Irish Sea and Atlantic trade routes. The new addition will complement the company’s existing facilities inclusive of a wet basin, 2 covered slipways, roro slipway and 160t marine hoist.
CCF funding, delivered by National Lottery Community Fund on behalf of Welsh Government encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities. The grant forms part of a total project cost with the remaining funding coming from the company’s own reserves.
It is anticipated that the infrastructure investment will complement the £76m Pembroke Dock Marine project to support the Marine Renewable Sector in Wales. Mainstay are already the leading marine energy fabricators in Wales, having built four marine renewable device with the fifth device due to be launched imminently.
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