Pearson Electrical has teamed up with fellow Hull-based business 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.
“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,” said Pearson Electrical MD Mark Pearson.
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.
And, in these days of stringent regulation, being able to evidence the quality of such work is also key.
“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 re-wiring contract is just the beginning of what promises to be a long-term collaboration between these two specialist marine companies.
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 paramount. Its incredible strength makes it virtually indestructible and unsinkable, and the ideal solution for river and sea working environments, where a stable and reliable working platform is essential.
“This vessel is a crucial part of our kit so it’s important that the electrics are absolutely spot on,” said John. “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.
John added: “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.”
This is just one of a string of major contracts being undertaken by fast-growing Clough Road-based firm Pearson Electrical, which specialises in marine, hazardous area and offshore electrical work.
The company also wires new trawlers for Whitby-based ship builder Parkol Marine Engineering; offers electrical fitting and maintenance work to A2SEA, the global company responsible for transporting turbines manufactured at Hull’s Siemens Gamesa plant out to North Sea wind farms; as well as looking after the City Cruises York fleet of tourist vessels.
Now based on Sutton Fields, for more than 40 years, Northern Divers (ENG) Ltd operated out of a majestic building overlooking the River Hull, not far from what has now become one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, The Deep. They have built up an enviable reputation as one of Europe’s most well-known and respected commercial diving companies.
Their work includes underwater civil engineering, commercial diving, inland and coastal work, harbour and dock maintenance, salvage, sluice/gate maintenance structural inspections and repairs, windfarm operations, hydrographical surveys, bridge inspections and pipeline installations.
They also have one of the county’s only hyperbaric chambers, for oxygen therapy treatment to aid the recovery of people with a range of health conditions, including issues with their cognitive function, as well as divers suffering from ‘the bends’ – an excess of nitrogen in the blood as a result of surfacing too quickly.