Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

She'll Remain a Boat We Can Have Pride In

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

She'll Remain a Boat We Can Have Pride In

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com

A TYNE ferry has undergone its biggest re-fit in more than 20 years.

The Pride of the Tyne has had her engines overhauled in the biggest refit since she was launched in 1993 to the tune of PS250,000.

She was one of the last vessels to be built at the Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend and is used by around 500,000 passengers a year.

The planned work has seen gearboxes replaced and metal corrosion repaired, as well as improvements to the PA system and the toilets to enhance passenger facilities.

Carol Timlin, Shields Ferry manager, said: "This is the biggest refit of Pride of the Tyne since she was launched over 20 years ago.

"This prolongs her service life on the River Tyne and improves reliability. It means we can always have one ferry in operation and another one as a spare. This also enables us to provide our exciting summer of river cruises on the Shields Ferry.

"Both engines and the spare engine have received major overhauls and have new parts, including new propeller blades. …

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