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January 26 2010

North Sea ship repairer leases additional dry dock

Aberdeen, Scotland, based ship repair and maintenance specialist, Dales Marine Services, has expanded its operations on Scotland's east coast with the lease of a dry dock at the Port of Leith and a workshop at Montrose.

Managing Director Maurice Nicol said the additional facilities "will reinforce our current activities and open up significant new opportunities."

"Over the past five years, we have regenerated the dry dock at Aberdeen and have the skills, experience and, now, the wider resources to build on that success," he said.

Dales Marine has been based in Aberdeen since 1991 and has leased its two acre harbor site and 112 m x 21 m x 6.5 m dry dock since 2004. It already has more than 20 vessels booked for dry docking at Aberdeen in 2010.

Dales Marine is now operating the Imperial dry dock at Leith on an initial 10-year lease from Forth Ports and is to invest around UKP 250,000 in an upgrade and overhaul, including gate seals, hydraulics, pipework, sluices and pumps.It says the dock will be available for use by March 1.

The facility incorporates purpose-built offices and workshop and the 168 m x 21.3 m x 7.7 m dry dock which can take two vessels, such as oil-related safety or supply ships, and can accommodate deeper draft ships than Aberdeen. Dales has previously used the dock on an occasional basis, with six dockings of offshore industry vessels in 2009.


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