Published on March 6, 2020

Storm Jorge was no match for Fendercare Marine’s equipment, which was deployed to protect HMS Prince of Wales.

 The recent visit by the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier, the £3.1bn HMS Prince of Wales to Liverpool coincided with difficult conditions in the Mersey caused by the violent arrival of Storm Jorge.

The latest winter storm, named Jorge by the Spanish Met Office, brought winds up to 70mph to northern coastal areas over the past weekend.  The storm was gaining strength on the early afternoon of Friday, 28th of February, when one of the Navy’s largest-ever class of warships (the Queen Elizabeth Class) tied-up alongside Liverpool’s historic waterfront, after navigating the river in winds gusting up to 24 knots (27.6mph) and heavy rain.

At, 280 metres (920ft) long, 70 metres (230ft) wide and 56 metres (184ft) high and weighing 65,000 tonnes, the carrier takes some holding if her mammoth hull is not to drift in demanding conditions.

Norfolk-based Fendercare Marine is proud to have worked with other stakeholders to design and supply a fendering system that provided secure protection for the massive vessel during her stay in Liverpool.  Additionally, the bollards to which she is moored at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal were originally designed and supplied by EJ Bean, itself part of the Fendercare Group.

The company’s association with HMS Prince of Wales and her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth doesn’t end there.  The mooring and towing equipment on board both ships were designed and supplied by Fendercare Marine, and the company also supplied their 12.5-tonne anchors and 102mm chains.  Additionally, Fendercare has supplied similar equipment to all the most recent warships ordered for the Royal Navy, and this association continues with the new BAE-built Type 26 frigates.