A&P Falmouth has won a major contract to repair two BP Shipping tankers - the 35,000 ton dwt British Enterprise and British Endeavour. It will be the first time in more than a decade that two BP tankers have been in port for repairs together flying the famous BP flag.

A&P Falmouth commercial director David Daniel said: "We are delighted to welcome BP back to Falmouth. This contract went out to tender around Europe and we won it against very stiff opposition from other yards. The ships will undergo genral repair work that includes an extensive hull blasting and repainting programme."

Both ships will be using the new slop reception facilities in the port.

David said: "One of the ships will be pumping 200 tonnes of slops ashore that will then be processed at the FOS terminal. The slop reception plant is a vital part of our port operation and one that is of major importance when winning tanker repair work."

In the post war years Falmouth was a major repair port for the 165-strong fleet of the British Tanker Company. Today BP Shipping has 24 ships and carries 160 million tonnes of oil annually.