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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 

UK shipyard and fast ferry specialist Wight Shipyard (WSC) has recently completed a refit for Wightlink, whose catamaran ferry 'Wight Ryder 1' underwent its annual refit at the Trafalgar Shipyard taking under three weeks.

“This is another example of how British engineering is winning through, even in these challenging times,” said Jo Daly, COO, WSC. “Our team undertook the work with the professional approach that people expect from the WSC, the project was delivered to the highest of standards both within the timeframe and to budget.”

During this year’s refit, WSC took advantage of the space and facilities available at the Trafalgar yard in Portsmouth Harbour. “WSC has teams capable of working to client specification and travelling for both planned or emergency repair and refit. We offer complete flexibility to our customers,” said Daly.

The focus of this refit was the replacement of the starboard stern tube, skeg and liners. In addition, there was maintenance on the anchoring assembly and bow thruster with upgrades including modifications to the hydraulic piping system, improving access and traceability for future maintenance tasks. There were also repairs to the exhaust spray heads, NDT and repairs on sea water inlets, works on the propeller watertight seals and rudders and replacing about 6m2 of hull plating due to degrading over the years.

Wightlink’s Fleet Technician Team Leader Chris Ancrum said: "We were impressed with the professionalism and attention to detail from the team from WSC. Their engineers completed a variety of complex tasks with skill and finished the job on time and on budget. We are pleased to work with an Island company to keep our FastCats in good condition."

2021 will see the completion of a new Wise boat lift on Venture Quays in East Cowes, with the capacity to lift a max weight 260t, length 55m and beam 13.5m. This represents an increase of up to 190-tons and allows much larger FastCats and similar craft to be lifted out for repair.

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