2014/5 Refit Programme
Alongside Adix and the restoration of the classic motor yacht Malahne, Pendennis has a busy winter refit season ahead for the 2014/15 season.
The modern J-Class yacht Lionheart has been hauled out using the yard’s new 640 tonne hoist in preparation for her five-year survey work programme. Following her refit she will be competing in the J-Class Regatta taking place from the 23rd-27th June 2015 in Falmouth. This will be the second J-Class Regatta to take place in Falmouth Bay in the past three years.
The outer dry dock is occupied by 75.2m motor yacht Northern Star, which is the largest motor yacht yet to undergo a refit at Pendennis. She is joined in Pendennis’ 150m dry dock by a 56m motor yacht which is in position in the inner dock.
These three vessels will be undergoing class surveys and paint works with their refits due to be finished spring 2015.
Pendennis Expands Facilities
Extensive development of the Falmouth site has seen the previous singular construction hall replaced with two 90m halls alongside a further 45m double-width hall. The three new halls were completed in stages to cater to project demand. Pendennis has also taken delivery of a 640 tonne travel hoist, which is ideally positioned to move yachts smoothly from the slipway into each of the three halls.
The impressive facilities have been tailored to manage the unique demands of superyacht refit and build. The four-storey central spine contains workshops, trade areas and project team offices to enable direct access to projects situated in the halls. An 80m mast shed has been integrated into the lowest level, creating a convenient environmentally controlled area for spraying and servicing. A network of air ducts were built into the floor of each building allowing yachts to be individually sealed and an environmentally controlled paint environment created in situ.
The shore side building phase was completed in May 2014 with a four-storey workshop/office/hospitality complex. Glass balconies provide a stunning outlook over the Fal estuary, and a unique work environment for project teams and visiting crews.
Pendennis has contractors on site creating a non-tidal wet-basin directly in front of the recently completed construction halls. With the longest arm of the basin planned to be 100m this will enable several 40-50m visiting yachts, or larger 80m+ projects, to be based directly alongside before and after their refit or build period at Pendennis. This next phase is due to be completed in Spring 15, finalising the transformation of Pendennis into one of the most impressive and accessible superyacht facilities in the world.
* The Pendennis Yard Development project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.
Greg Clark MP Visits Pendennis
Greg Clark MP, Minister for Universities, Science & Cities, completed a tour of Pendennis Shipyard following his visit to the Department of Environment and Sustainable Investment at the Falmouth campus of Exeter University where he signed the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Deal.
With training and apprenticeships being a key government topic the tour of Pendennis’ award winning scheme provided a valuable insight into one of the UK’s most respected schemes. The Pendennis course trains young people to the high level of skills needed to undertake the complex projects at the superyacht build and refit yard in Falmouth. Since founded over 15 years ago over 150 young people have been trained by the scheme, with over a third of the current workforce either currently training or ex-apprentices who are now full-time employees, some in senior management roles.
Jill Carr, Human Resources Director, initially founded the comprehensive scheme and explained Pendennis’ philosophy “Our apprenticeship has been tailored in conjunction with Cornwall College to provide a level of training and achievement that meets the exacting standards of our industry. Each year 12 local young people are welcomed onto the course and train over four years, developing the skillset to enable them to become full-time members of staff. We are very proud of the course and our apprentices who each year are recognised in national awards as being some of the best in the country.”
During the tour Mr Clark was given a tour of facilities including the 65m sailing yacht Adix who is undergoing a winter refit at the yard. Whilst on board Mr Clark met a group of apprentices who are currently working alongside their trade mentors as they develop skills through on-the-job training. Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark said: “It is fantastic to see the development and skills opportunities on offer for young people here at the Pendennis shipyard. This is all part of the Government’s long term economic plan to ensure people have the skills they need to get on in life and build a brighter future.”