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Luxury super yacht builders turn to Asset for ship yard extension

Posted: Friday 4th April 2014

Asset International Ltd. (Asset), the leading manufacturer of Weholite HDPE plastic sustainable drainage and water management products has recently demonstrated its versatility as it moves into the ventilation sector, with the provision of a network of HDPE pipes to service the new extension at the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, Cornwall.

Pendennis is one of the world’s leading superyacht builders, with a heritage spanning 25 years. During that time the shipyard has completed over 200 refit projects and created 30 custom new build yachts.

In early 2013 Pendennis Shipyard commenced the major development of its Falmouth location, in order to respond to an increased number of refit enquiries as well as provide facilities for larger 60m+ vessels. The new extension will see the creation of three new marine facing sheds and workshops, as well as expanded office, workshop and crew facilities. The project is partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

In order to facilitate the extension Pendennis appointed Midas as the main contractor to undertake the required works. Asset International was appointed by SCB Groundworks, a sub contractor on the project.

Asset International was specifically involved in providing a large network of underground pipes in order to service an air tight duct, designed to carry air from the plant room to vast blowers within the workshop. These giant blowers help to dry the fresh paint on the hulls of the superyachts built or refitted at the shipyard.

Asset supplied 750 metres of 1350mm diameter Weholite, along with prefabricated access shafts.

Paul O’Regan, Technical Sales Engineer at Asset International, said: “Weholite lends itself to underground air duct systems such as the one installed at Pendennis Shipyard, due to its versatility and ability to be fabricated easily into complex arrangements. This is essential when the air duct needs to navigate around a multitude of other services that need to be installed.

“We were thrilled to be involved with the Pendennis Shipyard expansion. The work they do in refitting and building luxury superyachts is not only impressive but also extremely interesting and the level of engineering on site is something to behold.”

Andy Mansell, Quantity Surveyor for SCB Groundworks, commented: “After looking at several different options Weholite proved to be the most suitable solution and offered both programming and economical advantages”.

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