Burgess Marine signs synchrolift usage agreement with Ports of Normandy Authority

Burgess Marine signs synchrolift usage agreement with Ports of Normandy Authority from BUSINESS FRANCE UK

By: BUSINESS FRANCE UK  09/10/2015
Keywords: Wightlink, Ports of Normandy Authority, Wight Light,

Burgess Marine, the UK's largest independent ship repairer, and the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) have signed a priority usage agreement for the synchrolift located at the Port of Cherbourg in France for the period running from 29th September 2015 to 31st March 2016. The first vessel, MV Wight Light, a 63m-long car and passenger ferry ensuring the connection between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, was dry-docked on 29th September. MV Wight Light is the first in a series of six vessels belonging to British company Wightlink to be maintained at the Cherbourg site by Burgess Marine, a company specialising in ship maintenance and repair as well as the refitting of passenger ships and yachts. Burgess Marine will also be subcontracting local Cherbourg company Construction métallique de l’Ouest (CMO). At the forefront of specialised marine engineering and bespoke marine fabrication, Burgess Marine is one of the largest independent UK companies in the industry, with 130 employees and a turnover of approximately 33 million euros. In renting the Cherbourg synchrolift for a long period, the operator, currently undergoing a period of growth, secures the availability of a rare piece of equipment only a few miles from its base in the south of England. The synchrolift, 90m long, 32m wide and with a lifting capacity of 3,000t, offers particular ease of access for refitting operations due to the clear flat area created around the vessel. “This agreement represents significant expansion for us as we continue to grow our business,” says Nick Warren, Managing Director of Burgess Marine. “It will allow us to develop a close and beneficial working relationship with PNA and subcontractors in Cherbourg, as well as develop greater cross Channel links and more potential business opportunities.” Cherbourg: A hub for shipbuilding and repair | The signing of this usage agreement validates the investments made by PNA since 2011 and vindicates the efforts of local businesses in their ambition to position the Port Cherbourg as a hub for shipbuilding and repair. With a pier for a 50t marine travelift, a 300t marine travelift, a 3,000t synchrolift, a technical zone of nearly 1ha and a further 2ha zone for new worksites, the Port of Cherbourg is now able to offer complete and coherent services for managing a wide range of projects. About PNA | Owner and manager of the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg since 2007, PNA is a joint association encompassing the Lower Normandy region and the Manche and Calvados departments. Its role is to develop all port interests, select those working at the ports, manage port development policies and guarantee secure maritime access. The mission entrusted to PNA by its member associations is to maximise the performance of these two ports to best serve their territories and overcome development challenges. For further information on the usage agreement between PNA and Burgess Marine, please contact: Nadège Eve, Press Contact Ports of Normandy Authority Tel: +33 (0)2 31 53 64 53 Email: [email protected] Web: http://www.pna-ports.fr/web/home.html / http://uk.pna-emr.fr/ For further information regarding this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in London Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: [email protected] View other press releases at: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/

Keywords: Ports of Normandy Authority, Wight Light, Wightlink,

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