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May 17, 2010

Harris Pye signs longer lease on Swansea Dry Docks

The Harris Pye Group has signed a longer lease on the Swansea, U.K., Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales dry docks.

The two dry docks enable Harris Pye to offer ship repair services for vessels of a variety of sizes and duration of stay. At 204 m overall length, the Duke of Edinburgh Dock is the larger of the two with a clear width at the entrance of 28 m, a clear width between dock walls of 30.4 m, and draft over blocks of 6.5 m. The Prince of Wales Dock is 172 m in overall dock length with a clear width at the entrance of 22.26 m and a draft over blocks of 7 m.

"We are very much 'open for business,' indeed we dealt with the requirements of UKD Dredging's Dolphin at the start of May," says the Group's Managing Director, Mark Prendergast. "We invested heavily to revitalize the dry docks and are firmly committed to ongoing investment in them to enhance the existing facility and continually improve the service to clients. Their proximity to our U.K. headquarters and workshops at Barry ensures access to resources and infrastructure for fully supported operations and the ability for fast reaction to changing circumstances - just what is needed for an efficient and effective dry dock service."

"Our first three docked vessels -- a cruise liner, a ferry and a dredger -- gave us good early experience of use of the docks," says Chris David, HPG's Technical Director.

Mr. David says that the Saga Pearl II cruise ship project was "a huge one -- she was in the dry dock from mid-September 2009 until the first week in March 2010, and clearly showed what we are able to accomplish."


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