Mainstay ferry project

22 Feb 2017

Mainstay used 180 tonnes of steel to fabricate the hull

Mainstay used 180 tonnes of steel to fabricate the hull

A Pembrokeshire UK-based designer, builder and maintainer of workboats has been praised for its commitment to local employment and apprenticeship scheme.

Welsh Government Economy Secretary, Ken Skates, praised the project during a visit to Mainstay Marine ahead
of the firm finalising delivery details for the chain ferry to the Isle of
Wight.

Stewart Graves, managing director of
Mainstay Marine, said: “The new ferry has been a fantastic project to work on,
with many of our apprentices assisting with its construction.”

“We
are continuing to grow and a key reason for that is the workforce. We had a
very clear goal to secure talent locally to Pembrokeshire and we’re pleased
that this is paying dividends.”

Also known as a floating bridge, the 37m ferry
will transport more than 1.5 million pedestrians and 400,000 vehicles per
annum. In all, 180 tonnes of steel was used to fabricate the hull.

The ferry contract win safeguarded 30 jobs
and helped create 50 new positions, with 98% of employees based in
Pembrokeshire.

In addition, 10% of employees are
apprentices as part of the firm’s bespoke education programme.

From design to delivery, the project will
have taken 12 months. The ferry is scheduled for use in late April/early May
2017.

Mainstay Marine’s turnover has increased by
a third, from just under £4m to more than £5m, during the last twelve months.
It has recently won contract wins to build a £5.8m marine energy device for
renewables firm Wave-Tricity and a transfer vessel for Scottish tug operator
Targe Towing.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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