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Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has recruited a new mobile maintenance team that can be deployed across the network to support on-board engineers with any technical issues.
The team will also be tasked with carrying out planned maintenance and will comprise a seven-strong team of electrical and mechanical engineers, along with hydraulic specialists.
CalMac’s managing director, Robbie Drummond, said: ‘We are operating with an ageing fleet which is increasingly being stretched. We need to continue to find new ways to maximise our vessels operational resilience and have invested in a new team that will help mitigate potential problems before they escalate into something that impacts on service delivery.’
The team will carry out specialised inspections, monitoring and proactive maintenance, working closely with the on-board engineering and vessel management teams to proactively identify and resolve technical issues. The aim is to minimise service disruptions due to avoidable technical issues and reduce the routine maintenance that would normally take place during annual overhaul.
‘With our vessels setting sail around 360 times every day, this team has the mobility required to complete planned maintenance when and where it is needed on the network minimising disruption to service due to technical issues,’ added Mr Drummond.
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