Marine firm will keep tour boats shipshape

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 Jul 2017

A HULL marine specialist has secured a three-year maintenance contract with a York-based tourist boat operator.

Pearson Electrical has sealed a deal with City Cruises York to upgrade and maintain the five vessels in its fleet.

So far, the Hull company has carried out a full electrical rewire on City Cruises’ River Prince Vessel. The other four boats in the fleet – River King, River Duchess, River Palace and Captain James Cook – have undergone a partial overhaul, with plans to fully rewire all of them over the coming months.

Managing director Mark Pearson said: “We’re very proud to be working with companies with the kind of reputation and profile City Cruises York has, and are  looking forward to supporting their ambitions to further boost their business success in the years to come.”

Pearson Electrical has built up 30 years’ specialist experience in the marine,  industrial and hazardous area sectors.

With the help of funding from Green Port Hull, the company recently achieved  ISO accreditations, helping to unlock the door to some of its biggest framework agreements.

These include a framework agreement for electrical maintenance support with RTS Wind, which installs and maintains wind turbines off the coast of the UK, and an agreement with Siemens Gamesa to help maintain vessels carrying turbine blades from Green Port Hull to wind farms in the North Sea. 

Mr Pearson said these deals, coupled with the latest City Cruises contract, have boosted Pearson Electrical’s turnover by more than 20 per cent and resulted in a 25 per cent increase in the Hull company’s workforce.

He said: “Our company is growing at its fastest pace ever, thanks largely to our  relationship with the Green Port Hull initiative, which has provided us with access to invaluable support including help in securing unique industry-leading ISO accreditations.

“We have grown five-fold from just three employees three years ago, to 19 today.”

Earlier this year, City Cruises York was acquired by London-based City Cruises, which operates the biggest fleet of tourist boats on the River Thames, alongside another operation in Poole, Dorset.

The company now has plans to capitalise on the wider reach of its sister company, to attract significantly more customers – and ultimately more visitors to the region. 

Mark Mattinson, sales and marketing manager for City Cruises York, said: “We became part of the London-based company on  May 5 and that acquisition has taken us to a new level, in terms of our marketing and customer reach.

“We researched industrial electricians to carry out this work and Pearson Electrical really shone through due to its  marine experience and expertise.

“We particularly wanted to support another local company and we really consider Hull and surrounding area to be our marine base in terms of suppliers and infrastructure.”

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