Dales carry out maintenance

A royal task: A team of 30 worked on Britannia earlier this month.'Picture: Submitted
A royal task: A team of 30 worked on Britannia earlier this month.'Picture: Submitted

Planned maintenance work on The Royal Yacht Britannia has been completed on schedule by Dales Marine Services at its Imperial Dry Dock at Leith, on the Firth of Forth. A major tourist attraction, the vessel safely returned to its nearby permanent berth last week.

A team of approximately 30 worked on Britannia around-the-clock following her arrival in the dry dock on January 6, including washing and painting below the waterline; painting the three masts and funnel, and undertaking a hull survey and other tasks.

Dales Marine Director and General Manager, Michael Milne, said: “Britannia is obviously unique in the range of vessels handled since we refurbished and reopened the dry dock in 2010.

“Our team worked closely with the Britannia Trust in planning and implementing the project to achieve completion on time.

“Being involved with such a historic ship has been very special and has meant a great start to what will be another busy year.”

Derek Miller, Head of Maintenance, The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, commented: “We are delighted with how well all the work has gone and thank Dales Marine for the quality of their workmanship – it’s almost a pity most of it will be unseen for years to come!”

Operations at the dry dock increased to around 80% capacity in 2011. It is already 50% booked for this year, with annual occupancy expected to reach at least 90%, putting it on a par with the company’s dry dock in Aberdeen.