ABP Barrow names latest addition to survey vessel fleet in honour of late colleague

August 29, 2018

From left to right: Andrew Harston, ABP Short Sea Ports Director and Chris Clouter, Barrow Deputy Port Manager in front of the survey vessel Christine H

The Port of Barrow has celebrated the latest addition to its fleet of survey vessels, the Christine H, by hosting a naming ceremony in memory of a former, valued colleague.

ABP’s new vessel takes her name from ABP Barrow colleague, Christine Holmes, who sadly passed away in July 2017. The team at the Port of Barrow felt it would be a fitting tribute to Christine to name the vessel after her and continue her long association with the port.

A group of ABP customers including Underwater Diving Services, James Fisher and Sons Plc, Bay Towage, as well as Christine’s family and friends, joined ABP’s Short Sea Ports Director, Andrew Harston and ABP colleagues at the event.

Reverend Robin Ham from St George’s Church also attended the naming ceremony, blessing the boat and all attendees. Barrow Sea Cadets were also in attendance and provided a guard of honour for the invited guests.

Short Sea Ports Director, Andrew Harston, said: “Remembering the contribution made by our colleague Christine is important, as she has helped grow our success and support the local economy.

“We hope that by naming this new survey vessel after Christine, it will help secure her legacy, as it will be working across all of our ports and beyond. We are also grateful to boat builders, Cheetah Marine, and hydrographic equipment manufacturer Teledyne Reson, for working with us on this project. The Christine H includes the latest high resolution, multi-beam survey technology, which will allow her to operate more efficiently.”

ABP’s Port of Barrow, together with Garston, Silloth and Fleetwood is part of the North West division of ABP, and together they contribute £550 million to the UK economy.

The Christine H will be available to charter, along with other vessels, offering a capability to work in a variety of locations and water depths. For further details please contact ABP’s North West Hydrography team NWHydro@abports.co.uk.