Firm achieves first with dry docks full

The Far Superior in the dock at Aberdeen.
The Far Superior in the dock at Aberdeen.

A SHIP repair and specialist fabrication firm has achieved a first – with all its seven docks around Scotland full for the first time .

Dales Marine experienced the first, on Friday, January 23, with boats which all are owned by different firms and range from offshore supply vessels to ferries.

The work being carried out at Dales Marine’s six bases in Aberdeen, Leith, Grangemouth, Montrose, Greenock and Troon was a mixture of planned repair and maintenance, along with weather-related unplanned repairs.

Michael Milne, general manager and director at Dales Marine, which incorporates the Forth Group, said it was fantastic to see all the docks in use at the same time.

“We’re used to swopping work between our docks which can be an interesting challenge logistically but it’s great to have all of them used at once.

“It’s certainly keeping us on our toes but this is exactly the kind of work our staff relish – technically demanding with precision engineering and a fast turnaround and of course at a high quality.

“Having the six bases is a major advantage as we can shift work between them, depending on the client’s deadline and where they want the boat to go afterwards.

“It also means that since they are located all around Scotland, we’re ideally placed for both North Sea and West Coast work, and less travel means less fuel costs to clients.

“We hope to have many more days like this with a full house and with all the different types of vessels.”

At the firm’s dry dock at its headquarters in Aberdeen, Farstad’s Far Superior was getting work carried out.

At Leith, the offshore supply vessel Grampian Frontier was docked. At Montrose, the Skandi Foula was being repaired.

The standby safety vessel Vos Ocean was at the firm’s facility at Grangemouth.

At Garvel, live fish carrier Ronja Sky was docked, while Calmac Ferries’ Loch Portain ferry was at Troon.

Dales Marine was founded as Dales Engineering Ltd in 1987 in Peterhead as a company specialising in heavy fabrication and ship repair.