A&P Tyne said this week it had won a £9m contract to convert lighter aboard ship (lash) type vessel Smit Pioneer into a multi-purpose offshore installation vessel.
The six-month job will involve the fabrication of 1,500 tonnes of steelwork and should create up to 500 jobs at its peak.
A&P Tyne won the job in competition with ship repair yards in Europe and the Far East. Work includes installation of a new thruster and dynamic positioning system, creation of a new working deck, adding a 150-tonne crane and a new heli-deck.
A&P Tyne has also won a £1.5m contract to refit the royal fleet auxiliary landing ship Sir Gallahad at the Wallsend Yard. The job secures up to 150 jobs for its one-month duration.
In a bigger landing ship repair and upgrade contract, A&P Falmouth has won a £5.5m order to refit the landing ship Sir Percivale. This secures around 200 jobs in Falmouth. A&P Southampton has also won its first P&O Nedlloyd container ship contract, worth around £500,000, which will create about 100 new jobs for its three-week duration.