Pallion Shipyard Facilities

Our Facilities

LOCATION AND ACCESS

Pallion Engineering’s facilities are on the south bank of the River Wear, approximately two miles upstream of the river mouth, within the City of Sunderland.

Access to the shipyard from the North Sea is via the tidal river. Vessels up to 35,000 tonnes can transit the river, under the control and guidance of the Port of Sunderland. Between the shipyard and the river mouth are two roads and one rail bridge which present an air draught limitation of 25.1m at MHWS and 30.3 at LAT.

Road access to the site is good, with the adjacent Queen Alexandra bridge leading to a dual carriageway link to the A19 and A1(M) trunk roads. Access roads within the site enable the movement of any load which is transportable on public roads.

The Sunderland area is served by excellent transport links: The comprehensive road network includes the A1(M) and A19 trunk roads;

Newcastle is one of the main rail stations on the East Coast main line;

Newcastle and Durham airports offer an extensive range of national and international flights.


OVERALL FACILITIES

The PE site covers an area of approximately 30 acres.

The majority of the facilities are concentrated in an enclosed multibay building complex with a total floor area of about 30,000m2.

The main features of the facility are (starting from the north welt):

External plate and section stockyards with overhead cranes feed steel via a conveyor to:


• Bay 1

containing a shotblast and priming machine capable of handling both plates and sections. The output from this machine feeds to a conveyor system which links Bays 1 to 5.


• Bay 2

contains two plasma/oxy-gas plate cutting machines and associated material handling areas.


• Bay 3

contains forming and piece part preparation equipment.


• Bay 4

is a production area for subassemblies.


• Bay 5

is the main assembly bay with two 50 te overhead cranes. An area down the north side of the bay is served by three semi goliath cranes and is ideally suited for smaller assemblies.


• Bay 6

The construction hall is served by two 80 te overhead cranes. At the north west corner of the dock is a transfer pad which is at the same level as the steelworking bays. This pad enables large assemblies to be transferred from Bay 5 either to be picked up by the construction hall cranes for transfer to the dock or to be transported out of the building via the doors at the end of the transfer pad.

The south east extremity of the building complex contains several smaller shops and stores, used for outfitting and a production office complex.




OVERALL FACILITIES

External to the building complex, the site contains:

• A large building formerly used as an equipment store, now to be adapted for use as a pipeworking facility;

• Several areas for hardstanding including a portable building used as a paint cell;

• a mooring quay, accessible by road from the rest of the site, of which a short part is suitable for load out to a moored barge or ship.

In addition to the buildings and fixed equipment, the facility has a wide range of portable equipment ready for immediate mobilisation. The fixed and mobile equipment has been well maintained throughout its life and is generally in a very good condition.

The facility design and layout is based on proven, logical flow line fabrication principles: from preparation to final assembly, all production operations can be executed in a single, integrated facility on one level. The dock allows totally enclosed non tidal loadout operations.

The use of a single undercover facility enables PE to offer its clients production services of the highest quality, with downtime due to adverse weather eliminated completely.

A new company, commencing operation on a greenfield site, would wish to adopt a similar layout and PE is confident that, within its product size range, it has one of the finest shipbuilding fabrication facilities existing in the UK.




ASSEMBLY AND LOAD OUT / FLOAT OUT

The use of the PE facility has been carefully considered, particularly to maximise the amount of work which can be executed under cover. The result is a series of options of assembly and load out methods covering a wide range of product sizes. These options are described below, starting with the smallest.


a) Road Transport

Any structure which is capable of road transport can be transferred from Bay 5, the main assembly bay, and can transit the access roads on PE's site.

Practical limits, imposed by normal public roads, would give capacltles of:
30mL x 4mW x 4mH x 150 tonne, or 20mL x 6mW x 4mH x 150 tonne.


b) Load Out via Quay

The existing quay upstream of the dock is connected to the rest of the site by an access road and is suitable for load out to ships or barges.

The maximum size of structure which can presently be transferred from Bay 5 to the quay is:
20mL x 9mW x 6mH

Structures up to 100 tonne weight can be moved using PE's own Nicolas transporter, but above this weight hired transporters will be required.


c) Load.Out via Dock

The construction hall and dock at Pallion constitute a unique and highly flexible facility.
Particular features of the dock and hall are:

• The dock has internal dimensions of 181m length and 50m width giving substantial flexibility in the use of conventional 300 x 90ft (91 x 27m) barges;

• The two overhead cranes provide a substantial lifting capacity of 160 te over virtually the whole area of the dock;

• The dock floor is constructed directly on rock and has a very high loadbearing capacity (local loading up toS00t/m2).This provides tremendous flexibility in the use of the dock;

• The opening from Bay 5 and the transfer pad at the head of the dock allow structures up to 28m long x 20m wide x 12.67m high x 145t weight to be moved from Bay 5 to the dock.



Pallion Engineering strives to be a total quality company continually assessing new methods and markets and proud of a workforce totally comitted to interchangability and flexibility both in their work and their outlook.

Particular features of the dock and hall are:

• The dock has internal dimensions of 181m length and 50m width giving substantial flexibility in the use of conventional 300 x 90ft (91 x 27m) barges;

• The two overhead cranes provide a substantial lifting capacity of 160 te over virtually the whole area of the dock;

• The dock floor is constructed directly on rock and has a very high loadbearing capacity (local loading up toS00t/m2).This provides tremendous flexibility in the use of the dock;

• The opening from Bay 5 and the transfer pad at the head of the dock allow structures up to 28m long x 20m wide x 12.67m high x 145t weight to be moved from Bay 5 to the dock.




Statement

Pallion Engineering’s Shipyard has been a shipbuilding location since 1887. Renowned for it’s high quality of product and un-rivalled workmanship, the facility stands as one of the best in Europe.

Pallion Engineering strives to be a total quality company continually assessing new methods and markets and proud of a workforce totally comitted to interchangability and flexibility both in their work and their outlook.

Pallion Tour

Welcome to Pallion Shipyard - Please feel free to take a picture tour of our facilities.

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Our Associates

Pallion Shipyard are proud to be associated with:

  • SSA - Sunderland Shipbuilders Association