V&A completes Stena Line hydraulics work

Vic Sneddon: Vic Sneddon: "this work was vital to both protect and enhance the operational reliability of the ramp"
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UK-based V&A Hydraulics has completed a contract to support cargo loading functions and the release of a fast-rescue boat for ferry operator, Stena Line.

The company was tasked with upgrading a tweendeck ramp on the Stena Mersey, which is manoeuvred to help the vessel accommodate hundreds of cars and lorries.

“The Stena Mersey has a very high car deck to allow trucks to enter underneath,” said Vic Seddon, managing director, V&A. “The tween deck ramp acts like a car transporter ramp, enabling vehicles to be stacked above and below each other.”

“V&A was brought in to Stena Line at 12 Quays Birkenhead in a maintenance capacity to install and integrate new valves on the ramp. Although the Stena Mersey is only 10 years old, this work was vital to both protect and enhance the operational reliability of the ramp,” he added.

Stena Mersey is a ro-pax ferry that runs between Birkenhead and Belfast. It has a passenger carrying certificate to carry 980 passengers but carries 550 passengers comfortably and has four vehicle decks.

“This project added to the work we carried out on Stena’s Superfast X vessel in Holyhead. This involved a troubleshooting exercise in which we provided specialist advice about the hydraulic unit responsible for deploying the fast-rescue boat,” Mr Seddon concluded.

Superfast X is also a ro-pax ferry which operates between Holyhead and Dublin and commenced service on this route in March 2015.

V&A carried out hydraulics installation, service and repair specialists in the UK. Although the maritime sector currently accounts for about 80% of its work, the company is also actively targeting areas such as the paper mill, automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors.

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