Specialists team up for international refit business

Marine Equipment Products and Services, Ship Conversions, Technical, Technology — By on August 8, 2016 at 2:16 PM
Solent Refit – aerial shot of Solent Refit at Hythe

Solent Refit – aerial shot of Solent Refit at Hythe

Hampshire-based Solent Refit and global marine equipment specialists Cathelco have teamed up to help international customers meet new ballast water management regulations.

Solent Refit, at Hythe, on Southampton Water, has built its reputation on maintaining and refitting classic and modern superyachts.

Now it has entered into a ‘preferred partner’ agreement with water treatment systems specialists Cathelco and its Antibes based subsidiary HEM.

The move comes as owners of ocean going superyachts face the imminent introduction of International Maritime Organization (IMO) legislation governing the discharge of ballast water.

Sam Wand, sales manager of Cathelco’s superyacht division

Sam Wand, sales manager of Cathelco’s superyacht division

The IMO expects its convention covering discharges to enter force worldwide in November 2016 following ratification by 30 of its member states and achieving 35% of the global tonnage. However, some industry experts expect implementation to be pushed back to early or mid-2017.

Cathelco supplies a wide range of equipment including Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) systems and Marine Growth Prevention Systems (MGPS) to protect the hulls and pipework of luxury and commercial vessels.  It has also developed an innovative ballast water treatment system for larger superyachts.

The introduction of the new regulations will involve the installation of ballast water treatment systems. With its new treatment system, Cathelco is one of only a few UK manufacturers capable of producing smaller or modular systems for the superyacht industry.

Allan Foot, managing director of Solent Refit

Allan Foot, managing director of Solent Refit

Allan Foot, managing director of Solent Refit, said: “We are delighted to make it official that Cathelco is a preferred partner.

“It offers our clients peace of mind to know we can offer a smooth transitional package of works to speed up refits.

“With our recently secured 30 year lease for the shipyard, we are set to grow our preferred partner programme to offer a multitude of services and products.”

Sam Wand, sales manager of Cathelco’s superyacht division, added: “Solent Refit have a great location on the South Coast of England and can host as many as 16 yachts up to 65 metres in length.

“The flexible nature of the yard allows us to carry out work easily and economically alongside the Solent Refit team.”

Solent Refit provides 10,000 sqm of undercover working halls and waterside working areas combined with a highly skilled workforce of marine specialists.

With a strong emphasis on British craftsmanship, the company’s aim is to attract a larger proportion of the refit work which is currently carried out in Mediterranean yards and elsewhere.

Allan said: “If refits are of a certain size then we are willing to cover deviation fuel costs from the Mediterranean and the likes and take full advantage of the price of the Euro this winter.”

System Check - Manuel Canadas, an HEM engineer, carries out system checks on a superyacht

System Check – Manuel Canadas, an HEM engineer, carries out system checks on a superyacht

Cathelco, with headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, is a world leader in water treatment systems for superyachts and commercial vessels.

Its activities in the superyacht market were strengthened in 2015 by the acquisition of HEM, manufacturers of desalinators and associated equipment, who are based in the South of France and have a well established reputation in the international superyacht market.

Shipping moves 80% of the world’s commodities. Some three to five billions tonnes of ballast water are transferred internationally every year.

For more details visit www.solentrefit.com/ and www.cathelco.com or call Solent Refit business development manager Ashley Hurrell on 07779 337725 (24hrs) or 02380 841188.

Solent Refit:

Solent Refit is one of the UK’s most comprehensive superyacht refit facilities.

Based in Hythe, the company has a strong emphasis on British craftsmanship.

It has a highly skilled and qualified marine workforce in structural (steel, stainless steel, aluminum), mechanical and electrical engineering, including woodwork specialists.

Solent Refit is capable of taking vessels out of the water, up to 1500T, 20m to 65m on a horizontal platform slipway.  The yachts are then transferred into any of its three halls via a powered rail system.

The site has two deep water 120m berths with an additional 15 full service deep water berths on floating platforms. All have 24hr security.

The 10,000 square metre undercover working halls can house around ten 30m superyachts, two 45m superyachts and two 65m superyachts outside.

Solent Refit recently secured a 30-year lease on the shipyard and is now seeking to improve facilities further.

Expansion plans include waterfront offices, including a lounge area, gym for crew and guests and a chandlery.

Solent Refit has invested in amongst other things: a 30T Telescopic Mobile Crane, 3 T Manitou, 3T Forklift and a Mobile Cherry Picker, ensuring efficiency in the yard.

The shipyard has also invested in its own dredger and hopper barge in order to dredge and maintain the slipway, deep water berths and estuary along with local marinas and harbours.

Cathelco:

Cathelco is a world leading manufacturer of equipment for ships and offshore installations.

With headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, it supplies a wide range of equipment including Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) and Marine Growth Prevention Systems (MGPS) to protect the hulls and pipework of luxury and commercial vessels.

The company is the largest producer of marine pipework anti-fouling systems in the world with a record of 50,000 installations over a period of more than 50 years.

The systems are supplied to vessels of every type including commercial, naval, cruise ships and luxury yachts.

Cathelco is one of a few UK manufacturers capable of producing smaller or modular ballast water treatment systems for the superyacht industry.

Its activities in the superyacht market were strengthened in 2015 by the acquisition of HEM, manufacturers of desalinators and associated equipment, who are based in the South of France and have a well established reputation in the international superyacht market.

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