Kaymac’s Christmas Round-Up
Christmas has arrived again at Kaymac Marine, and it’s always a good opportunity for us to look back and reflect on our successes, our challenges, and what we’ve been learning in 2022. It’s been a tumultuous couple of years, and with Covid (mostly) out of the way, we’ve enjoyed being able to meet our clients face to face, seal deals with real handshakes, and look people in the eye when we do business. It’s really important to us to have real discussions with our clients, but it’s also important to keep everyone safe, and so our safety and quality standards remain high; the standard our clients have come to expect from us.
Our working year started urgently on Bank Holiday Monday, the 3rd of January. When our Dive Superintendent, Alan, received an emergency call from Bristol Port Company. The East Outer Lock gate had sheared its top anchorage and was sitting precariously on the dock bottom and at risk of capsizing and sinking to the dock bottom. He knew the gate needed to be made safe as a matter of urgency, so he stopped eating his gammon and chips, promptly rounded up a team of divers and equipment, and headed to the Port the next morning. At this point, the port had instructed the marine department to secure the gate with winch wires until it could be removed, repaired and replaced. The team worked around the clock tirelessly to assist Bristol Port Company and Ravestein with securing, planning and the removal of the East Outer Lock Gate. Once removed, we provided further assistance to remove the East Outer Lock Gate and then transport it into the dock. Read more about it here.
From then on, the year feels like the Tilbury Docks project has consumed it; two 18.5m, 30tonne limpet dams were designed, fabricated, and installed to carry out the essential Pintle Replacement and the shot bolt preparation for the Environment Agency’s £34m Flood Defence Scheme. The project has taken up a total of 30 weeks on-site this year with multiple civils and dive teams present on-site and many, many more hours of design, preparations and negotiations by our engineers and operations team. The entire team did a terrific job given the time-sensitive, complex and extremely difficult environment – the heat wave certainly didn’t make things easy… followed by snow and -10 degrees just a few months later!
The same can be said for The Eastman Sea Outfall Lining project, which was also as challenging and pivotal to this year’s success, with a total of 9 weeks on-site delivering phase one: the outfall lining and installation of new valves on land. This multi-disciplined project absorbed multiple dive and civil teams simultaneously for on-and-offshore operations.
Both projects were delivered to our meticulously high standards throughout and we are delighted to have received and TEAM100 Award for Quality from Balfour Beatty and outstanding feedback from both clients.
As well as these projects of note, some of the other exciting projects we have successfully delivered included:
- The completion of the Kiachnish Scour protection project
- Primrose Culvert Re-Lining
- Swansea Aeration installation project
- Bramley Moore Dock – The Peoples Project
- Various Scour projects around Neath Port Talbot District
- Various Projects in Rhondda Cynon Taff
- Sluice 2 & 3 replacements at Royal Portbury Docks
- Gelligaled Park Bridge repair/concrete repairs and Rock armour works
- Glyn cornel Lake Bank Dam Stabilisation work
- Swansea Marine Cill Installation
In additionally to the on-site work, we have exhibited during 2022 in:
- The Flood and Coast in Telford International Centre
- Seawork’s in Southampton Arena
- The Ports Expo in Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium
- We also attended (and had quite a bit of fun at) the CECA Wales Annual Dinner and Awards.
Every event proved to be a big success; we met with our current clients and suppliers, and old friends and even made new business connections, which we very much look forward to doing business in the near future!
Goals that we’ve smashed in 2022
This year has been another fantastic one for Kaymac, and we’re proud to say that our dedication to growth has meant that we’ve managed to:
- Increase the number of enquiries
- increase projects delivered
- increase turnover
- increase staff
- increase client satisfaction
- maintain high safety and quality standards
- maintain accredited to industry standards
In fact, we have received over 315 enquires, won and successfully delivered 154 projects, and seen a whopping turnover increase of 8.6%! We’re grateful to every hardworking team member for making this happen.
Awards in 2022
We’re always thrilled to receive nominations for awards, especially as we apply the same high standards to all of our work for every client. We were excited to be nominated for Skills Initiative of the Year 2022 at the Water Industry Awards this year. We’re also proud to announce that we won the Team 100 Balfour Beatty Award for Quality, an honour that kept the team smiling all year.
Kaymac Team news
As we continue to grow, we are very excited to welcome new members into the Kaymac family. We are ecstatic to introduce the following new team members:
- Ben hooper – Civils Operative
- Eileen Lynch – Purchase Ledger Clerk
- Leo Prosser – Apprentice
- Jordan jones – Civils Operative
- Craig Williams – Graduate Engineer
Each member has settled in well and is making a fantastic contribution to the Kaymac team.
Welcome to the team!
“We are dedicated to building on trust through dedication, collaboration and customer satisfaction to become the leading provider of specialist Marine Civil Engineering solutions across all Transport and Utility sectors in the UK”
“Our mission is to develop high-performing people that are committed to excellence and deliver successful projects”.
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
As always, we’re excited to show you what projects our team are undertaking in the future, so keep your eyes peeled to our News section. And, as ever, our friendly team are happy to talk you through how Kaymac Marine Engineering can help solve your engineering challenges with forward-thinking solutions to suit your bespoke needs.
Whatever you’re doing this Christmas, we hope you make time to rest and enjoy yourselves! See you next year ~Merry Christmas everyone x