Ship repairer wins second major contract with ferry firm

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A SHIP repairer has started work on its second major contract with a leading ferry operator in less than two months.

Testbank Ship Repair’s three-year deal with Gosport Ferry involves refit and maintenance work on four passenger ferries which serve the crossing to Portsmouth.

The work will be carried out at Testbank’s facility at Trafalgar Wharf in Portchester, and will include the use of a giant 1,000 tonne Rolls Royce syncrolift, which is one of the biggest of its kind in the south.

The first project involves ten staff working on hull repairs on the single-decked 174-tonne Portsmouth Queen, built in 1966. The hull will be stripped back to bare metal using high pressure water before a complete repainting in three coats.

Work on other vessels in the fleet, the Portsmouth Spirit, Gosport Spirit and Gosport Queen, will begin in the autumn.

The Gosport contract comes just weeks after Testbank started work on a five-year maintenance agreement with Wightlink.

Testbank managing director Jason Coltman said: ‘The more long-term agreements like this we can win, the more we can continue to invest and expand. It is great to have customers we can get to know well and offer them lasting value. Our Portchester facility is proving its worth as an excellent base for our refit work and other marine-related services.’