Up-to-date power management system with a simple one-to-one replacement
The Torpoint chain ferries are the UK’s busiest inland waterways ferries, crossing the Hamoaze at the mouth of the river Tamar to connect Torpoint in Cornwall with Devonport in Plymouth. The service operates 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, carrying over 2.4 million vehicles and around 500,000 foot passengers and cyclists every year, and this generation of ferries has now been in service for 14 years. The three ferries, PLYM II, TAMAR II and LYNHER II, are named after rivers in the area and are operated by the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee.
Maintaining the resilience and availability of the service is vital, so the decision to upgrade to the new PPU 300’s was an obvious one to make when the PPU-2’s were declared obsolete. Retrofitting can be daunting, and working with a tight schedule, it was crucial that a detailed plan was made, and that deadlines were met.
To conduct the upgrade, the ferries need to be taken out of service, and the optimum time to do this has been during each of the ferries dry dock refits. The first ferry fit has now been completed, with the second due in April/May 2019, and the final fit in April/May 2020.