Portland Port Newsletter
Waterborne Maintenance - Capturing the benefits of reduced dock dependancy.
UMC specialises in the provision of engineering support afloat allowing naval and merchant ships to significantly reduce the traditional reliance on dry-docking.
UMC International - Continued Growth
The summer months of 2012 have continued to see further growth for UMC across all geographic markets and products ranges. Extra engineering and diving staff have been brought on-board to support the increased demand and there has been steady ramp up in the supply of specialist equipment to supply UMC increased project commitments. UMC has enjoyed particularly success in the Middle East, the Far East and offshore in the European North Sea
Diver training underway in the Netherlands
Maritime Propeller Repairs (MPR) BV in the Netherlands ran its first comprehensive training programme last week for divers from underwater marine maintenance specialists UMC.
UMC long-term support - Global Solutions
UMC International’s overall aim in offering these types of afloat and underwater services is to effectively provide savings to owners and operators by reducing the amount of vessel downtime for maintenance or by ensuring that the vessel is operating as per its design specification therefore reducing operational costs. With oil and gas exploration moving into ever deeper waters and more hostile environments, which are often thousands of miles away from the nearest repair docks, operators are looking for greater assurance of rig and vessel reliability and to avoid the risk of vessel downtime
Expansion at UMC
Since its acquisition by V.Ships in 2006, UMC International has expanded considerably and now, from its own regional operational hubs, spread across the globe, from Europe to the Far East and via its network of partners, it provides solutions for underwater and afloat maintenance to the offshore, commercial shipping and naval markets at a growing list of over 300 locations.
UMC's Singapore Base's Recent Projects
The recent extensive afloat impact damage repair in the Singapore anchorages, of a 200 m cargo vessel is a good example. The repair operation involved sealing five major breaches to the underwater hull on the port side and starboard side, forward of the turn of the bilge areas. The tears and openings in the damaged hull had caused extensive flooding in the double bottom tanks. The largest of them measured 6 m x 4 m
UMC Repairs Rudder Afloat
As the LPG tanker was just making for the Netherlands port of Terneuzen it suddenly experienced problems with its steering capabilities and needed some quick thinking and a fast solution. Thus, UMC was asked to attend the vessel and carry out rudder repairs as per class approved procedures..
UMC provides offshore rig fastening
UMC International, providers of underwater repairs and maintenance recently turned their talents to assist the offshore market with some underwater welding.
UMC provides specialist service to Canadian Navy
UMC International, global leaders in application technology for submarine acoustic cladding, have recently completed a contract in support of a Victoria-Class submarine refit for the Canadian Navy.
UMC carry out frigate propeller replacement
Following a routine propeller polish on British Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Lancaster, carried out by one of UMC underwater maintenance teams at HMNB Portsmouth, the survey report uncovered another area where UMC’s repair expertise came to the fore.
UMC Carry out Afloat Repairs on Frigate
UMC International was recently contracted to carry out an extensive repair and maintenance program of work on HMS Gloucester. Due to the vessel having just completed a maintenance period (FTSP) the program did not allow for a docking – so the work had to be tackled afloat.
UMC Hosts Maritime Seminar
UMC International, providers of underwater maintenance, repair and support services for commercial shipping worldwide held their first seminar in Greece to assist ship managers and owners to manage their afloat maintenance more effectively.
Insert Repair at Portland Port
Underwater repair specialists, UMC International were recently contacted to assist with permanent insert repairs to a 95371-ton tanker at Portland Inner Anchorage.
UMC Support Renewable Rig
Underwater repair specialists UMC International recently used its specialist Design and Consultancy Department to develop procedures and specify suitable equipment to assist with the floatation of a transformer rig located in Belfast Dry Dock.
UMC Secures Bahrain
An important strategic move undertaken by UMC for 2010 was the establishment of an operational office in The Kingdom of Bahrain.
UMC in Singapore
UMC’s latest extension of its global footprint is in South East Asia with the acquisition of the Singapore based diving and underwater engineering company, Maritime Underwater Maintenance and Services (MUM).
UMC Present Paper at The Institute of Marine Engineers
The suggestion in January this year from Lock Parker, Divisional Technical Director, came to life recently when Dave Richards, Engineering Director at UMC International, gave a presentation entitled ‘Latest Operating Practices and Techniques for Underwater Repair’ at the Institute of Marine Engineers earlier in the month in Glasgow.
UMC Wins Prestigious 5 Year Contract With US Navy
UMC International, has recently been awarded an exclusive contract to supply hull cleaning and associated services to US Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Military Sealift Command ships and craft operating in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea and Mediterranean.
UMC and Cathelco complete first joint venture
The first joint venture project between Cathelco and UMC International has been completed at the Yonderberry fueling jetty at Torpoint in Plymouth.
Collaboration between UMC and Cathelco
UMC International plc and Cathelco Ltd enter into agreement
New Stern Seal Service
UMC International Offer New Stern Seal Afloat Maintenance Service
Afloat Spudcan Repairs
UMC International plc recently designed, manufactured and installed a unique cofferdam system that allowed the afloat repair of all three spudcans of a jack up oilrig operating in the North Sea.
UMC and Portland Port Partnership
UMC International Plc and Portland Port Authority have recently formalised a partnership to provide afloat maintenance and ship repair services.