Mainmast are pleased to have completed movement of the first load of product from King George Dock,Hull to Exol Bulk Blending Plant at Rotherham on the ‘EXOL PRIDE’.
We are pleased to welcome Dwaine Ball and Dean Stones to the Mainmast team. Both Dwaine and Dean have extensive knowledge of tank barge operations and inland waterway navigation as well as having previously worked with our latest barge acquisitions.
Mainmast are pleased to have reached an agreement to move product from Hull Docks to Exol Bulk Blending plant at Rotherham. As part of this agreement Mainmast have renamed the former tank barge ‘Humber Pride’ as ‘EXOL PRIDE’ and repainted in Exol group livery. It is hoped that ‘EXOL PRIDE’ will come into service during April. With each barge load delivered equating to 15 road barrels this will make another considerable contribution in reducing road congestion.
‘Humber Pride’ and ‘Humber Endeavour’ have completed an extensive dry dock program under Class Surveyor supervison. Both barges have now moved into Alexander Dock, Hull for a further maintenance program and preparation for coming into service.
New acquisitions ‘Humber Pride’ and ‘Humber Endeavour’ are currently undergoing a dry dock program at MMS Dry docks, Alexander Dock, Hull.
Mainmast are pleased to have reached agreement with John H Whitaker Tankers Ltd for the purchase of tank barges Humber Pride and Humber Endeavour. This now brings the Mainmast fleet to 12 vessels located in Humber and Mersey. The ‘Pride’ and ‘Endeavour’ will now undertake a dry dock and survey program in MMS dry docks, Hull.
The latest addition to Mainmast’s ever expanding fleet. The Crosby is a purpose built tank barge with a capacity approaching 500 tonnes. Due to enter service early 2013
Mainmast have issued a Press statement in order to clarify our current operations and the investment that we continue to put into our successful West Coast operations – Grain barging, road fleet, engineering, and shipbuilding.
”Mainmast Ltd are pleased to be involved in the building of a new tank barge in Liverpool and expect further build projects to follow. Without funding support from government we have put our own investment in place
to replace ageing craft.
It is disappointing that our plans for expansion of the current grain barging operations in Manchester have been disrupted,
and the recommissioning of the original dry docks in Manchester scrapped due to the expansion of media city and the intended change of use of the site by Peel Holdings.
Having been aware of the forthcoming changes to our Trafford Park site lease for some time we have been working closely with Peel Ports in order to identify an alternative berth that will be developed in order to meet our future operational needs.
Our grain customers have been supportive throughout this process and continue to mirror our strong desire to utilise the Manchester Ship Canal for future product movements. The focus of our ship building and repair services will now move to Liverpool”
We will be working with local media and trade press over coming weeks to tell the story of Mainmasts success, safeguarding of jobs, creation of new jobs, and continuing investment in equipment and people in Liverpool.
Mainmast have made further investment in upgrading their road fleet with purchase of a new tractor unit and 2 trailers.
Mainmast are pleased to confirm their support of established Liverpool company Huskisson Welding and Engineering Limited.
Mainmast have taken on a shareholding and appointed Andrew Sanders and John Fitzgibbons as directors at Huskisson Welding in order to safeguard the company and its employee’s futures. John and Andrew will take an active role in the companies current projects and in developing new business.