A&P Group completes extensive drydock refurbishment of Fred Olsen's flagship Bolette

   March 10, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

A&P Group completed a multi-million drydocking project at Falmouth's ship-repair yard on MV Bolette - the shipyard's largest passenger ship in 60+ years.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' flagship Bolette completed a 13-day drydock refurbishment, which included maintenance work on the Azipods/bow thrusters, as well as the application of brand-new underwater paint.

500+ members of the A&P workforce/supply chain worked to support the project, including 32 apprentices who gained experience working on MS Bolette. This is the second time in a year that the UK-based company Fred Olsen has chosen A&P Group Ltd (1954-founded, Hebburn UK-based company that owns 3x shipyards - Hebburn, Middlesbrough, and Falmouth) as Falmouth's docking facility also served the fleetmate Balmoral completing a similar drydocking in May 2022.

Fred Olsen Bolette cruise ship

Mike Spicer (A&P Falmouth's Managing Director) expressed his delight at welcoming the ship to the facility and showcasing their capabilities. He said he believed that contracts like those significantly contributed to the prosperity of the South West and helped support their workforce/apprenticeship program.

CEO David Mc Ginley said that projects like those sustained their workforce, apprenticeship program, and supply chain, which drove prosperity and added real social value to the South West of England.

Peter Deer (Fred Olsen's Managing Director) thanked the team at A&P Falmouth for taking care of the Bolette.