Another key contract for Mainstay Marine

Mon, 11 April 2016

Welsh boat building firm Mainstay Marine Solutions has won a flagship contract for the replacement of the floating bridge for the Isle of Wight Council.

The contract is set to create another 20 jobs in the region bringing the workforce up to 100.

“This is really good news and I am delight to hear how Mainstay Marine is expanding, winning significant new orders and creating highly skilled jobs in the area,” said Edwina Hart, economy minister.

The news is part of the company’s on-going success story. Formed just two years ago, Mainstay Marine’s projects have included the build of a 50 tonne, 20m, Wind Farm Support vessel for Turbine Transfers, a large Multicat refit, and a £3.6m contract for the build of three 19m Pilots Boats for the Port of Milford Haven.

The Welsh Government has provided financial support to help the new company restructure and safeguard a number of jobs and the business has gone from strength to strength.

Stewart Graves, managing director at Mainstay Marine, said: “The firm is now one of the largest employers in the area with continued growth expected in future years.”

“This is a much needed boost for the local economy both through direct labour input and supply chain requirements. The financial support received from Welsh Government and Finance Wales has been paramount to the company’s continued success.”

he Isle of Wight Floating Bridge will be designed as a drive through, roll-on roll-off chain ferry with hydraulically operated loading and unloading ramps at each end of the vessel.

There will be four lanes for vehicles with additional space for the stowage of motorbikes, scooters and bicycles.

 It is due to be completed in November with trials and commissioning at Cowes mid-January 2017.

Mr Graves concluded: “We are delighted to have won the contract and truly see this as a flagship project which will set the bar high in terms of proving our capabilities.”

“We look forward to working with Isle of Wight council to ensure that the bridge is delivered to time, within budget and to the highest of quality so that its users can enjoy its benefits for years to come.’’

Source: Alice Mason

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