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HMS Severn, the ninth and current of its name, is a River-class offshore patrol vessel of the British Royal Navy. Named after the River Severn, the ship is the first to bear the name in 56 years.

Warren Access received an enquiry from Denholm Wilhelmsen Ltd one of the UK’s leading port and marine service providers.  An access platform was needed so that HMS Seven’s 30 metre main mast could be reached to replace the lights and so that other general maintenance could be carried out.

After carrying out extensive research, which included learning about the nautical terms for the ship’s dimensions, beam and air draught, and even the moving tide levels. Warren Access recommended a 48 metre truck mounted access platform to be able to reach the top of the mast safely and efficiently.

As part of the Access Alliance, a collaboration of some of the UK and Ireland’s strongest independently owned regional powered access hire companies, Warren Access were able to contact one of their partners Blade Access to obtain the 48 metre truck. Blade’s experienced operator arrived at Spillers Quay Newcastle on 10th January 2017 where HMS Severn was berthed and met up with members of Warren Access and the ships crew to begin the maintenance work.

The Naval Officer in command discussed with everyone involved

Warren Access and Blade Access discussed a rescue plan, to be used in the event of an emergency, which included familiarisation of the machine’s ground controls and emergency lowering procedure.

The job was completed safely, swiftly and without incident!

The local Naval office praised the Alliance members; “HMS Severn was visiting Newcastle on a operational stand-off from Maritime Security and fishery patrol duties and took the opportunity to conduct some routine maintenance whilst alongside.  The cherry-picker hired from Warren Access Ltd was ideal for the purpose and the ‘Blade’ engineer was professional and courteous in his assistance.  Job well done, thank you.”