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Dales Marine introduces new lay-up and dock hire services

Dales Marine introduces new lay-up and dock hire services
Scotland’s ship repair firm Dales Marine has introduced two new services – lay-up and dock hire – to support the growing needs of the shipping and offshore markets.

Privately-owned Dales Marine said the new services are in addition to its existing services in ship repair and maintenance, mechanical engineering, steelwork fabrication and vessel mobilisation.

Dales Marine is now offering lay-up service providing a package of cost-effective services including inspections, risk assessments, dehumidification of corrosion prevention, engine start and run and draining of cooling systems to accommodate ships in hot and cold lay-ups.

The company believes the new lay-up service will be particularly welcome in the current climate for ship operators and managers, who wish to retain their vessels in a standby operational mode, ready to re-enter service when required.

“We considered this to be the ideal time to launch our new offering, following the increased demand for cost-effective ship operations and efficient lay-up options. The introduction of our lay-up service will provide clients with an affordable and adaptable solution for docking vessels in the North Sea,” said Kevin Paterson, project manager at Dales Marine.

“The launch of this service is part of our initiative to help the current market. Our service goes beyond just docking vessels, but will provide clients with a complete plan in which they can protect and maintain ships whilst they are not in use. This will allow our clients to mobilise swiftly when required and will reduce operating costs,” Paterson said.

Dales Marine is also offering dock hire services from its three flexible dry dock facilities, equipped to offer dry and wet working conditions.

“We are providing stakeholders with a new option for onshore trials and training at our facilities located in Leith, Grangemouth and Troon. Available around-the-clock, our docks are fully equipped and available to accommodate all projects beyond just the shipping and marine industries,” Paterson said.

“Our docks are completely versatile, allowing clients to carry out any task from ROV testing to diver training or fabrication work to prototype testing. By expanding our service offering, we can position the company well for future development opportunities whilst meeting the needs of the industry.”