A&P Tyne delivers three Thames barges as part of multi-million pound contract

Shipbuilder A&P Tyne has delivered the first of a fleet of Thames barges as part of a seven-year multimillion-pound deal with waste management firm Cory. The three 20-box barges are expected to enter service on the River Thames soon after A&P Tyne last year won the fabrication contract to replace nearly half of Cory’s existing 50-strong barge fleet. The deal will see A&P Tyne, which is located on a 68-acre site in Hebburn, South Tyneside, deliver a further three 20-box and 16 30-box barges.

The flat-bottomed boats are used by Cory to transport London’s residual waste along the Thames and the new barges will replace the firm’s existing four types with just the two 20 and 30-box. Mark Ellis, commercial director at A&P North East said: “The successful delivery of these barges to the quality standards demanded and to budget, showcases our proven track record delivering marine fabrication projects and how we can add value to and support the maritime sector. “This is a very significant contract for A&P Tyne and our team is already hard at work fabricating the next three barges, which will be delivered this summer.”

The use of barges is an important part of Cory’s commitment to sustainability. Each barge will transport between 270 and 400 tonnes of waste depending on its size. This means that over the course of a year the entire barge fleet will transport around a million tonnes of waste, removing 100,000 truck journeys from London’s roads.

The first three barges, each approximately 35m in length, were fabricated under cover in A&P Tyne’s main fabrication hall and then painted in a separate facility. Once lowered into A&P Tyne’s large dry dock, the barges underwent a successful incline test and towing trials in accordance with IACS procedures. Fabrication of the final three 20-box barges is now under way.

The remaining 30-box barges will be delivered over the next five years. A&P Tyne’s extensive on-site fabrication facilities were instrumental in securing the Cory contract, as they enable simultaneous fabrication of several barges at once. A&P Tyne’s engineers and fabricators are using the panel line to construct and weld each of the main parts of the barges adjacent to the 23,000 m2 fabrication hall.

The 20-box barges are being fabricated in two sections and the 30-box barges in three sections, prior to final assembly.

As one of the leading engineering business in the UK, A&P Tyne is involved in a diverse range of fabrication and repair projects across a broad cross-section of sectors, including defence, marine, oil and gas, subsea, energy, civil and nuclear.

Other high profile projects have included delivering block build fabrication for the Astute Submarine Class, HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers, and RRS Sir David Attenborough, as well as constructing pontoons and sea fastenings for the offshore wind sector.