Engineering and inspection business IMES has completed a succession of UK port and dockyard projects worth in the region of £1.4m.

The series of contract wins, which included projects in Southampton and Plymouth, helped IMES to increase year-on-year turnover by 14%.

For one of the port projects, IMES provided consultancy services relating to the design, production, installation and testing phases for four ship-to-shore cranes at Port of Southampton, which is owned by Associated British Ports (ABP).

For a dockyard project, IMES supported engineering provider Houlder in completing an overhaul of landing craft vehicle personnel (LCVP) and seaboat davits on HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s largest warship, at Babcock’s Devonport Royal Dockyard at HM Naval Base, Plymouth.

The raft of contract wins helped the business, which supports the oil & gas, aerospace & defence, marine & shipping, nuclear and renewables sectors, to report a rise in turnover from £7m in 2013 to £8m for its 2014 year-end. (April).

Farrell Mossop, Head of Defence and Marine at IMES Group, said: “We’ve had extremely positive feedback from clients about the standard of our work and level of expertise applied to all of the projects.

“For the Southampton cranes project we prepared the specification and carried out a design review and third-party inspections during manufacture, erection and commissioning.  We also formally acted as the client’s representative in the final completion phase.

“The Royal Navy project involved engineering upgrades, inspection, repairing and replacing equipment, commissioning and testing, providing certification and delivering onsite management support.

“These projects and others have served to highlight the skills and experience of our people, and we’re confident of securing additional work on the back of these successes.”

Dave Herrod, Engineering Project Manager, Associated British Ports, said: “IMES’ professionalism and expertise played a significant role in the successful delivery of this major project.”


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