Double dry dock capability delivers for Dales MarineNews // December 2, 2010
Dales Marine is enjoying a high level of business.
Dales Marine Services’ expansion of its dry docking capability on Scotland’s east coast earlier this year is delivering results, with the value of contracts generated and dry dock usage both at record levels.
With bookings at the Aberdeen and Leith facilities scheduled to reach 54 vessels this year, more than half as many are already booked for 2011.
The 112m x 21m x 6.5m dock in Aberdeen is expected to have handled 40 vessels before the end of December, with 14 ships into the 168m x 21.3m x 7.7m facility at Leith since operations began there in late March following a major refurbishment of Imperial Dock by Dales Marine.
A wide variety of projects includes ships servicing the offshore oil and gas industry; tugs; ferries and a caisson lock gate which underwent refurbishment at Leith over a six-week period.
Michael Milne, Dales Marine Director and General Manager, said: “The additional capability at Leith, including the capacity to handle two vessels simultaneously, is proving a valuable asset in its own right and in complementing our Aberdeen operations, with the Imperial Dock making an important contribution to the activity.
“The combination gives us considerable scope, not only in servicing current customers, but also in continuing to develop new markets and the variety and size of vessels berthed. Along with bookings taken for the two facilities for next year, this makes for a very positive outlook.”
There are currently 17 vessels lined up for the Aberdeen dock in 2011 and 12 for Leith where 10 of these ships will be berthed two at a time, maximising the facility’s capacity.
Dales Marine also undertakes projects alongside quays at Aberdeen, Leith and other ports, including Montrose where it has a workshop to support projects.
Part of the Dales Group, Dales Marine was established in 1987. In Aberdeen since 1991, it has leased a two-acre harbour site, including the dry dock, since 2004. The company currently employs around 100.