Falmouth Shiprepair Moves Ahead Again With Major N e w Agreement

Falmouth Shiprepair Limited, an A&P Appledore and Bellway joint venture, recently unveiled one of the most progressive working agreements in the United Kingdom ship repair industry, in an effort to speed up vessel turnaround and provide superior repair service to shipowners. The new major working agreement calls for the following measures: round-the-clock shift work, as and when required, covering all trades and services; ending traditional snack breaks, which will allow for continuous work; introducing utilization of labor between the four group companies; and reducing the work week from 39 to 371 - hours. In addition, the flexibility and interchangeability between all trades and sections—a major feature of the highly successful restructuring of 1979—will be enhanced.

As a vote of confidence in the future, Falmouth has approved further investment of £500,000 in various items of plant and capital equipment.

The new package was strengthened by the trade unions reaffirming their approval of ships' crew working on vessels while in port and the use of temporary labor and subcontractors as required.

"The new working agreement is unique in the U.K. ship repair industry and enables us to compete far more effectively with Continental and North American yards," said Falmouth Shiprepair chairman Peter Nash.

"We are now in a position to speed up vessel turnaround very significantly and . . . provide the shipowner with the kind of service he expects . . . , " he said.

The Falmouth Yard offers exceptional deepwater facilities, and can drydock vessels of up to 100,000 dwt.

For further information and a free color brochure on Falmouth's ship repair services and facilities, C i r c l e 9 6 on R e a d e r S e r v i c e C a rd

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