...and seven years of en­gi­neer­ing

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IN AD­DI­TION to the dredg­ing con­tract, the Canal & River Trust has signed a new seven-year con­tract for al­most 1,000 pieces of me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing across the wa­ter­ways net­work.

The con­tract has been awarded to AMCO, re­plac­ing sep­a­rate cur­rent con­tracts for me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal main­te­nance, wa­ter and au­to­ma­tion, and cov­er­ing main­te­nance, re­newal, re­place­ment and up­grades.

CRT said that a sin­gle con­tract would mean “ma­jor ad­van­tages in terms of im­proved ef­fi­ciency and cus­tomer ser­vice”. The in­di­vid­ual items cov­ered range from in­di­vid­ual open­ing bridges and mech­a­nised locks up to large struc­tures in­clud­ing the An­der­ton Boat Lift and Tees Bar­rage.

An­nounc­ing the con­tract, CRT’s As­set De­liv­ery Di­rec­tor Simon Bam­ford said that the “en­gi­neer­ing mas­ter­pieces” of their day needed “a ded­i­cated team of en­gi­neers to look after them” and the con­tract would play a ma­jor part in keep­ing the wa­ter­ways “open and run­ning smoothly”.

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