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Mustang’s strong order book prompts recruitment

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New build: The Managing Director and safety officer at Mustang check progress on a vessel.

New build: The Managing Director and safety officer at Mustang check progress on a vessel.

A WORKBOAT and marine renewable energy device builder that transformed its fortunes following fresh investment is celebrating a flying start to 2015. Mustang Marine, which builds rugged, reliable workboats and marine renewable energy devices, was bought out of administration in May 2014 by a group of nine investors, and has completed a broad range of orders in what was a successful second half of 2014. Now under a new ownership and management structure, the rejuvenated Pembroke Dock-based firm is actively recruiting skilled workers and apprentices to meet a busy work schedule going into the New Year.

Over the last six months, Mustang Marine has created 12 new jobs, bringing the total workforce to 42 people. The company is looking to recruit a further 18 employees by mid-2015, doubling its original workforce. Captain Mark Meade, chairman of Mustang Marine, said: “We’re very pleased to see a business known for its excellent workboats meet the initial targets that the new management team set in mid-2014.

“Our investors recognised that there was a successful core to the business based on a reputation for quality and a proud heritage in marine engineering that stretches back more than 30 years.” Captain Meade, who is also the managing director of Holyhead Boatyard, added: “Over 90 per cent of the current shareholding in Mustang Marine came from new sources, and together we’ve worked hard to produce a business plan that focuses on sustainable growth and investment in our workforce.

“We’re on course to achieve the objectives we set for our first year, and have ambitious plans for the longer term.” In 2014, Mustang Marine fulfilled several challenging contracts, including the launch of the 26m offshore support vessel Dart Fisher, and delivery of a tidal energy device that will be tested off Ramsey Sound during 2015.

Steady repair, servicing and maintenance work on the company’s four slipways has also contributed to the company’s success. Current contracts include a new 20m BMT Nigel Gee design wind farm support vessel and a £250,000 multi-purpose workboat fit-out. Contracts lined up include a range of steel and aluminium workboats for customers in the UK, Europe and Asia, continuing the brand’s tradition of exporting internationally.

Stewart Graves, managing director of Mustang Marine, said: “One of the crucial factors has been the variety of work we’ve seen come in over the last six months. “The excellent workforce that we have been able to maintain has a comprehensive base of marine engineering skills and a depth of experience, which has helped us meet these challenging projects.

“We employ a naval architect, design engineers and skilled fabricators, welders, electricians, shipwrights and fitters. Now we’re about to start recruiting project and design engineers, as well as skilled tradesmen, to meet the programme of work that we have lined up for 2015. “We’re also looking into apprenticeship opportunities, and ultimately aim to have an apprentice for each of the skilled trades we employ in our workforce.”

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Permit applications open for Tenby pedestrianisation scheme

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is now accepting applications for vehicle access during this year’s Pedestrianisation of Tenby.

The scheme, which is due to start on Monday, July 5 and conclude on Friday, September 10, will again see the walled town divided into three ‘zones’, each having varying degrees of vehicle access.

Whilst all necessary plans are being put in place for it to start and finish on the above dates, the scheme will remain under constant review in light of Government guidance relating to Covid-19, and the Council will provide any updates as necessary.

Possession of an ‘access permit’ does not provide any exemption from Government restrictions, and any regulations relating to travel and the occupation of holiday accommodation or second homes must be observed at all times.

Following the success of last year, the permit application process will continue online, with paper application forms and guidance notes no longer being delivered to residents and businesses.

The application form and guidance notes are available from pembrokeshire.gov.uk/tenby-pedestrianisation

Residents and business within Tenby are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible, to ensure that there is sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Permits will be issued approximately 7-10 days prior to the start of the scheme.

For enquiries, e-mail tenby.pedestrian@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Join the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel as an independent member

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THE Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members to join them in their work to support and challenge the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made of up of members nominated by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys county councils along with at least two independent members.

Opportunities have now arisen for two independent members to join the Panel and carry out key statutory roles that will support the Commissioner exercise his role effectively.

Members will be expected to attend and take part in regular meetings and take part in decision making, creating reports and making recommendations to the Commissioner.

They will review the Commissioner’s annual draft Police and Crime Plan and annual draft budget, review and scrutinise his decisions and actions, and if necessary review the proposed appointment or removal of the Chief Constable and other senior police force appointments.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can take a balanced and objective approach in supporting the Panel and the Commissioner, make strategic and well-informed decisions, and interpret and question financial, statistical and performance related information.

They will also need to be able to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging views or proposals for change constructively.

Applications close on May 31, and appointments to the Panel will be made until October 31, 2024. 

For further information, visit www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales

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Successful Fire Service and Health Board partnership to enhance COVID-19 vaccine roll out comes to end

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TUESDAY 11 May 2021 marked the end of a hugely successful partnership between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Hywel Dda University Health Board, initiated to enhance the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Since February, Community Safety Staff from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have transported 125 passengers over 9450 miles to ensure they were able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Recognising the configuration of our Service, the areas we cover and indeed the people we employee, this seemed an ideal opportunity for us to widen our response to the pandemic and support our partners in safeguarding our communities.

“Whilst we already collaborate with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, this opportunity enabled us to expand our assistance further within the health arena. This partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board was the first of its kind for Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and paved the way for a number of similar partnerships for us and the other Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

“I am extremely proud of our staff who have participated in this collaboration and have made a huge difference to the lives of so many people. Their contribution has without doubt had a positive impact on our response to this global pandemic”.

Mydrian Harries, Corporate Head of Prevention and Protection for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, coordinated the Service’s response to this call for assistance.

“Our communities are at the heart of our core business. Knowing we were in a position to make an impact, we put in place a robust solution in record time, to not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, but to also safeguard those who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but may have had barriers preventing them from attending their appointments.

“Using this partnership as template within which we could expand, we have since been able to offer our assistance to other Health Boards across the Service area. Indeed, a group of 10 vaccine heroes from our Service have joined Powys Teaching Health Board’s vaccination team, playing their part in distributing vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Newtown and Builth Wells. This is another fantastic example of how working together has been vital in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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