Expansion for local ferry company

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One of the south west’s leading ferry companies has added to its refit team and moved to a new facility as it prepares for a busy winter of refit work.

The Cornwall Ferries Ltd team at the company’s new refit facility: (l-r) Dave Newey (shipwright), Jonathan Metcalfe-Brown (Duchess of Cornwall skipper), Phil Wood (head shipwright), Steve Harvey (deputy operations manager) and Garrick Royal (operations manager)

Cornwall Ferries Ltd operates ferry services between Truro, St Mawes and Falmouth, as well as delivering marketing services and festivals with over 300 partners in the area under the Fal River Cornwall banner.

The move has seen the company add three new members to its refit team taking the number to 12, who will be responsible for maintaining the company’s fleet of 12 vessels, many of which are classic wooden craft.

Tim Light, Cornwall Ferries’ managing director said: “We are delighted to be in our new shed as it gives us much more control over our annual refits and means we are much less affected by the winter weather.

“It is also a much nicer work environment for the staff and makes it much easier to get the fantastic quality of work we are looking for.”

The first vessel to use the facility was the Duchess of Cornwall for a check-up before going into service on the St Mawes Ferry run where she will journey between St Mawes and Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth, seven days a week for the rest of the winter.

As well as expanding the refit team Cornwall Ferries plan to recruit a charter manager and an events manager as demand for its range of services increases.