Hull electrical firm wires up new boat so it can work the River Humber
John Sparrowe of Northern Divers
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Jan 2018
A Hull electrical firm has won a contract to get an industrial diving firm back in the water.
Pearson Electrical has teamed up with Sutton Fields firm Northern Divers to re-wire the company’s new boat, the MV Anne-Marie.
Once launched, the vessel will be put to work on the River Humber, helping to keep the waters clear and minimise flood risk to Hull, as well as venturing out on sea inspections around the burgeoning North Sea wind farms.
Pearson Electrical managing director Mark Pearson said: “Essentially, we’ve re-wired the MV Anne-Marie to bring it into line with work boat regulations, rather than the pleasure boat standards it reflected previously.
“We’ve also installed back-up systems for life support and communications, for maximum safety.
“Because the divers using the boat are working in potentially hazardous situations, we have to make sure that if the main electrical system fails there’s a secondary one that can take over.
“For example, if the divers are in the water, we need to ensure the crew can get them back into a safe situation, so that they can attend to the vessel.”
He said in a time of stringent regulation, the firm believes it is important to provide companies such as Northern Divers with protection in case of any incidents.
Mr Pearson said: “We document all of our work under our ISO9001 accreditation. We create a paper trail for protection and traceability if there are ever any problems, providing commercial shipping operators like Northern Divers with extra peace of mind.”
The 14-metre long MV Anne-Marie dive vessel has been designed specifically for Northern Divers, for a multitude of commercial uses in environments where minimal maintenance, reliability and safety are important.
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John Sparrowe, managing director of Northern Divers, said: “This vessel is a crucial part of our kit so it’s important the electrics are absolutely spot on. I had seen some work the Pearson Electrical team were doing on a vessel for another marine company and was really impressed with them.
“The quality of their workmanship was clear, they are well qualified and highly professional, and I knew they were the right people to wire my boat.
“It’s the first time I’ve worked with the Pearson team but it won’t be the last. Electrical safety is so important as, done wrong, it can be a serious fire risk.”
The contract is one of a number of new ones for the fast-growing Clough Road firm, which specialises in marine, hazardous areas and offshore electrical work.
The company also wires new trawlers for Whitby-based ship builder Parkol Marine Engineering, as well as offering electrical fitting and maintenance work to A2SEA, the global company responsible for transporting turbines manufactured at Hull’s Siemens plant out to North Sea wind farms.