Burgess beating the Brexit blues

02 Mar 2017

'Condor Rapide' has undergone refit at Cherbourg

'Condor Rapide' has undergone refit at Cherbourg

UK ship repairer and marine engineering services provider Burgess Marine has recently completed a successful winter refit season in Cherbourg. Despite Brexit, Burgess says that business has boomed as the company has completed two refits for Wightlink and one for Condor Ferries at its 5000T syncrolift facility in the French port.

Speaking of the significant refit onboard the Condor Rapide, chief executive Nicholas
Warren said: “This valuable order from Condor Ferries demonstrates our
genuinely unrivalled skills base and competitiveness in the fast ferry repair
market.”

He added: “We have the technical management, knowledge, and
perhaps most importantly the passion and integrity to bring something truly
unique to the table with regards to fast ferries.

“Our success is down to our people and our experience - our
desire to do the best by our customers - all we are after is a fair day’s pay
for a fair day’s work.”

Works onboard the Condor
Rapide
included her five-year special survey, extensive aluminium repairs
and renewals, overhaul of her water jets, overhaul of the ride control system and
the application of new antifouling. 

The team also overhauled generators, made repairs to the
main engine exhaust systems and turbos.

In respect to the conventional tonnage, Ray Cutts, Burgess
Marine’s technical director, said: “Supporting the Wightlink fleet in Cherbourg
has been a genuine pleasure. 

“We obviously refit their fast ferries locally in Portsmouth
so this extension of service is a natural development of our long-standing and
mutually beneficial relationship.”

He added: “The engineering works onboard the St Faith and St Cecilia included hull UHP and full antifouling, and topside
painting. 

“The sacrificial sea water pipe work was stripped and
rebuilt, the sea valves, opened for inspection, re-seated and reassembled.  The stern prow was removed and partly rebuilt
and two sets of Voith blade seals were changed. Our team also completed various
weld repairs”.

Dover-based Burgess Marine, as well as its significant UK presence,
operates the 5000T syncrolift in Cherbourg. 
Financial details of the work in Cherbourg were not disclosed.

By Jake Frith

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