Scots Marine Challenge awarded £1m contract to revive iconic TS Queen Mary

GLASGOW-based firm Marine Initiatives Scotland Ltd has been awarded the contract to undertake the primary part of main restoration and restore work on the long-lasting TS Queen Mary.

At the moment the TS Queen Mary was moved from her present berth at Glasgow Science Centre to Govan Graving Docks, the primary ship to be berthed at this historic facility in virtually 40 years.

The year-long challenge will assist protect the long-lasting ship and also will create much-needed employment alternatives for as much as 12 folks, bringing related neighborhood advantages to the Govan space.

TS Queen Mary. Credit: FRPR.

The scope of the restoration work might be in depth and structurally complicated, beginning with a 3D laser map scan of the ship’s construction, previous to the removing of the 2 funnels and wheelhouse, which might be utterly rebuilt.

The ship might be encapsulated for the removing of the home windows and teak boat and promenade decks, which is able to obtain underdeck stiffening, earlier than being changed with utterly new metal decks, all of which is important to carry her again into energetic service.

All of this work will meet Classification Society (Bureau Veritas) and MCA laws, guaranteeing that the ship, upon completion, will have the ability to return to energetic service.

Peter Breslin, Managing Director of Marine Initiatives Scotland Ltd mentioned: “It’s a great honour to be awarded the TS Queen Mary restoration contract.

“Within the coming 12 months, we’ll dedicate ourselves tirelessly to safeguarding, defending and reviving this beautiful and traditionally important vessel.

“Securing this contract is testomony to our dedication and confidence within the enterprise viability of Govan Drydock.

“As a totally operational ship restore and upkeep facility, it has the capability to generate employment alternatives and contribution to the continued reinvigoration of the Clyde waterfront.”

Iain Sim, Chairman of Pals of TS Queen Mary, added:  “The Trustees are delighted that this main contract will start in TS Queen Mary’s 90th anniversary 12 months.

“It is going to be actually transformative for this important a part of our maritime heritage. This main structural work will assist breathe new life into TS Queen Mary and guarantee she might be in the very best situation for years to come back.”

Harry O’Donnell, Chairman, New Metropolis Imaginative and prescient who personal the positioning, mentioned: “We’re delighted that such a historic ship because the TS Queen Mary might be restored at our web site in Govan.

“It’s testomony to the laborious work that Marine Initiatives Scotland Ltd has finished up to now on Dock No1 that it’s now able to be introduced again into working order for the primary time in additional than 40 years.

“The restoration of Dock No1 is a crucial a part of our wider imaginative and prescient to carry the Govan Graving Docks again into use, alongside the creation of recent properties, business use and thriving new neighborhood areas together with a brand new riverside park and energetic journey routes by means of the positioning, all of that are at present present process in depth session.”

In her heyday, the Dumbarton-built ship, launched in 1933, as soon as carried King George VI, Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mom) and Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, and was referred to as Britain’s most interesting pleasure steamer. Throughout World Battle II, she turned an important lifeline for Scotland’s island communities, carrying round 13,000 passengers every week.

Queen Mary has been out of service for 35 years. The Charity “Pals of TS Queen Mary” introduced her again to the Clyde in 2016.

Since then, she has been berthed at Pacific Quay, subsequent to the Science Centre.

In 1996, she was listed on the UK’s official historic ships register and is now the final of her sort on the earth.

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