2021 February 25 10:33
Marlink subsidiary Telemar has signed a service maintenance deal with Fairplay Towage, one of the industry’s largest providers of port and ocean towage, to deliver bridge maintenance services across 50 of the company’s vessels, according to the company's release.
The contracts will consolidate service of critical bridge navigation equipment to a single provider, saving time and manpower and reducing the risk of non-compliance as scheduled service will be planned to agreed timeframes rather than carried out on an ad hoc basis.
The contract includes managing GMDSS declarations, annual radio survey, annual radar inspection, exchange of reserve-power batteries for GMDSS and SART/EPIRB/GMDSS handheld batteries. Where vessels are equipped with a gyrocompass, Telemar will perform an annual inspection and gyro compass overhaul including GPS compass check-up where fitted. Telemar will also perform an annual performance test for Voyage Data Recorders and provide Certificates of Compliance for the two largest offshore tugs Nordic and Baltic.
All 50 vessels will benefit from access to Telemar’s due date management software which provides reminders of upcoming service dates and access to remote service via a 24x7x365 hotline. Telemar will work to align all annual service items for each vessel so that the service calls can be minimized, ideally to one service call per vessel per year.
The 50 vessels under contract to Telemar are located in Germany, Holland and Belgium and will benefit from dedicated service co-ordinators working in close contact with Fairplay’s fleet managers and technical superintendents in each port. To support delivery of the contract, Telemar plans to employ a new service technician located in Marlink’s Netherlands office to provide its own service engineer for calls in Dutch and Belgian ports.
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ABOUT FAIRPLAY TOWAGE GROUP
The Fairplay Towage Group, consisting of Fairplay Towage and Bugsier is one of Europe’s leading tugboat companies. Operations are controlled from Hamburg with offices in Rotterdam, Antwerp, Rostock, Szczecin, Świnoujście, Gdynia and Las Palmas. In addition to harbour towage services the group is also active worldwide with seagoing tugs, offshore and salvage business with many years of experience in the oil and gas industry in West Africa, Europe and off the coast of Angola as a partner in the towing of oil rigs and jack-ups and in the support of FPSOs. The company designed and operates the world’s most modern emergency tugboats, Nordic and Baltic, which went into service in 2011 and have been chartered by the German government, ensuring the safety of the German Bight.