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St Mawes Ferry undergoes major refit

10 November — 28 December 2007

Nearly £20,000 spent on Queen of Falmouth

Two new engines and a new deck costing nearly £20,000 in total are being installed into one of the St Mawes ferries as part of its annual winter refit.

The Queen of Falmouth, which is one of five ferries taking local people and visitors between Falmouth and St Mawes, has been out of the water for nearly eight weeks and will return to service at the beginning of December.

And although the ferry could have continued to run with its current engines for another season, its owner - Cornwall Ferries Ltd - is keen to ensure maximum efficiency and minimum carbon emissions.

Garrick Royle, operations manager said ''It has been a good move to get this work done and she is really looking smart. We could have run the old engines for another season but we took the opportunity to replace them now as they will be more fuel-efficient and also a lot quieter. We are slowly moving towards the fitting of the same engine in all our vessels - including the new wooden ferry which is under construction at Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilders in Penryn."

The old Cummins engines had run a total of 8,500 hours in the last four year. They have been replaced with two Nanni 115 HP 4 cylinder turbo engines. At the same time, the propellers have been re-pitched to match the engines in order to ensure maximum efficiency. As well as the usual re-paint, the 57-foot wooden ferry has also had two new oak sawn frames fitted and her top deck re-surfaced.

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