MCTAYS invests in slipway and facility upgradeYard News // June 26, 2014
A UK shipbuilder has invested more than £1 million at its headquarters including upgrading a slipway which is now capable of accommodating vessels up to 2,000 tonnes.
MCTAYS, the shipbuilding subsidiary of HS Ocean Group of Companies, opened the upgraded slipway at its yard in Birkenhead on the banks of the River Mersey to coincide with its 40th anniversary.
Peter Breslin, Managing Director of MCTAYS, said the slipway will enable the shipyard to accommodate vessels up to 90m in length.
Mr Breslin said: “Over the last 40 years, MCTAYS has built 120 specialist ships and marine structures. The upgraded slipway will bring larger vessels into our yard and will ensure MCTAYS will go from strength to strength.”
The upgrade included increasing the overall length of the slipway and the procurement of a new slipway winch which is capable of slipping vessels up to 2,000 tonnes.
MCTAYS also invested in additional offices for attending owners and superintendents.
The slipway will enable MCTAYS to provide a full range of emergency repair and planned services including UHP hull cleaning, the application of surface coatings, steel
hull repair and replacements, all mechanical repairs and full electrical surveys.
MCTAYS currently has the SMIT tug Zeebrugge on the slipway and at around 600 tonnes proves the capability of the slipway, winch and upgraded facility. SMIT says she is the first vessel to be slipped in this way, for a four week out of service lay-up, something that has caused interest worldwide.
The first vessel to take advantage of the newly upgraded slipway was the Mare Gratia, a 43m mussel dredger which operates in the Irish Sea, for work carried out on the preparation of the application of surface coatings and mechanical repairs.
MCTAYS shipbuilding division is also expanding. The yard has recently built the multirole vessel Vital for Carmet Tugs and has secured a contract with waste management company Cory Environmental to build four barges which will operate on the River Thames.
Mr Breslin added: “MCTAYS customers include fishing fleets operating off the UK coast, as well as tugs, crew transfer vessels, passenger ferries and offshore supply and support vessels.”
The new slipway was officially launched during an open day held at the shipyard to coincide with the International Festival of Business.
MCTAYS continues to win a range of high profile work. It has just completed a significant project for the defence sector, while the group’s ship repair and refurbishment specialist riding squads continue to be awarded major projects worldwide.