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    Dry-dock hat trick is a first for Dales Marine Services

    Yard News // July 17, 2009

    Dales Marine is doing offshore-related work at three yards currently.

    Dales Marine Services in the UK has achieved another first for the ship repair and maintenance company with contracts underway in mid-July at a trio of dry docks on Scotland’s east coast.

    Michael Milne, Dales' Director and General Manager, said: “It’s the first time that we’ve worked simultaneously at three dry docks and is another demonstration of our capabilities and of the skills and flexibility of our workforce and supervisors.”

    All three contracts, with a total value of around £520,000, are oil-related and add to the company’s order book in another very busy year, with 28 vessels dry docked so far and bookings as far ahead as June, 2010.

    The company’s Aberdeen facility includes a dry dock where Havila Fortress is undergoing work, including tailshafts and thrusters surveys, painting and steelwork renewals, over a two week period.

    Following initial work alongside at Montrose, Fugro Meridian is now dry docked for several weeks in the Imperial dock at Leith for tailshaft repairs, steelwork renewals, pipework and other work. It is the first time in five years that Dales has used the dock which has been temporarily re-opened to accommodate the vessel.

    Week-long steelwork renewals are also being carried out on Dea Seeker in the dry dock at Fraserburgh which is used regularly by Dales for contracts on oil-related and fishing vessels.

    Dales carries out ship repair and maintenance afloat and in dry docks at various ports on a range of vessels, including oil-related; ferries, tugs, commercial shipping and fishing boats. The company’s facilities have been enhanced with the recent addition of another crane, with 80 tonne capacity and for use at any sites in Scotland.

    Employing up to 100, Dales’ services include fabrication, mechanical engineering, diesel engine overhauls and structural steelwork for shipping, oil and gas, chemical, power generation and civil engineering industries.

    Part of the Dales Group, based in Peterhead, Dales Marine was established there in 1987, moving in 1991 to Aberdeen where it has leased the two-acre site and dry dock - the largest privately-operated facility in Scotland – since 2004. 


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