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Our latest example of fantastic partnership working with leading boat builder Parkol 
Earlier this year we blogged about the enormous challenges we have faced due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with wellbeing being paramount to how we manage our operations. 
The good news is we have taken a flexible approach to our ways of working and still been able to deliver what our customers need, when they need it, even surpassing their expectations. 
And this has been the case with a full electrical installation we undertook on a Parkol Marine Engineering project – the build of their latest trawler, Reliance III, which was recently launched from the harbourside at the leading boatbuilder’s Whitby base. 
Shared values 
We have a long history of working with this highly reputable company and share common values of providing excellence in design, workmanship and customer service. 
Mark Pearson, Managing Director of Pearson Electrical, said: “Throughout the pandemic we’ve worked hard with our clients to find proactive solutions to keeping their build and installation projects moving, while maintaining the safety of everyone involved and adhering to government guidelines. 
“In this case with Parkol, we introduced a 3pm to midnight shift system to ensure our crews working on electrical installations at the Whitby yard could continue to operate while keeping a safe distance. 
“This flexible solution meant the project was still delivered on time to the same high standards we always produce. The pandemic may have caused us to change some of our ways of working but it hasn’t slowed us down.” 
Out to sea 
Following the official launch ceremony skipper John Clark, of Aberdeenshire, was set to test Reliance III in sea trials before putting her to work off the coast of Scotland, netting prawn and whitefish. 
The twin-rig trawler Reliance III replaces the 11-year-old Reliance II, also built by Parkol, and skipper John was delighted with the results. He said: “I asked the architect Ian Paton to do the impossible – design a boat that has better seakeeping capabilities than Reliance II, that has to be kept below 16.49m registered length, yet act on water like a much bigger vessel, and deliver a safe working platform for the crew when at sea. 
“Reliance III is a completely unique design, it’s taken just over a year to build. It’s been a challenging time with the coronavirus, but the yard has worked through it and built a fabulous boat, it’s a credit to the whole workforce.” 
Focus on safety 
John added: “It’s been built more or less for crew safety and crew welfare, it’s a lot better fitted out inside than the old one was. The crew accommodation is a lot grander, and they’ve built into the boat safety handrails that the crew can clip themselves onto. All over the top deck and bottom deck we’ve got conveyer systems, to look after the fish and clear the catch.” 
Parkol Project Manager and Director Sally Atkinson said: “We pulled out all the stops to ensure we would deliver Reliance III on time. It was a pleasure as always to work with Pearson Electrical, who never fail to impress with their quality and attitude, and lovely to hear such positive feedback from John. We wish him and Reliance III the best of success for the future.” 
The statistics 
The fully shelterdecked Reliance III has a registered length of 16.49m and 7.7m of beam. 
The centreline machinery consists of a Mitsubishi S6R2 main engine (480kW @ 1350rpm), a Reintjes 7.476:1 reduction gearbox and a four-bladed 2,500mm-diameter propeller. Mitsubishi 6D24TC and 6D16 auxiliary engines will run the vessel’s main hydraulic and electric systems. 
The twin-rigged trawler will be used for catching groundfish, monkfish, megrim, lemon sole, ling, prawns, haddock, cod, and whiting. It will fish in different areas all over Scotland, right up to the west coast, out to Rockall, the west of Shetland, east of Shetland, out of Mallaig, Ullapool, Scrabster, Fraserburgh, and Peterhead, then back to John’s home town of Macduff and Banff. 
If you would like our help with an industrial electrical project or problem, don’t hesitate to contact us via or (01482) 225080. 
Latest in a long line of innovations 
And this is not our first collaboration with this forward-thinking business, based in Keyingham. 
Three years ago, we helped to install three new combined heat and power (CHP) units, to help Mill Nurseries in their quest to heat their glasshouses as sustainably as possible. These replaced 10 old and tired 1.5 megawatt units with the latest, most energy-efficient technology in the form of three 2.5 megawatt generators. 
“The glasshouse industry uses a lot of energy,” explained Hermanus de Lang, who owns and runs the business with his two brothers and sister, “especially for growing plants like tomatoes which have their origins in tropical climates like South America and need lots of heat. We need to keep our greenhouses at a steady 19 or 20-degree temperature, which is why we decided to install CHP units.” 
These are basically large gas-fired engines which generate enough electricity and hot water to heat the glasshouses, exporting what isn’t used to the National Grid. 
Not only that, but the flue gases they generate, which would otherwise go off into the atmosphere, adding to CO2 emissions, are diverted back into the greenhouses to again help their plants thrive. 
For this project, Pearson Electrical worked alongside the manufacturers to install the state-of-the-art equipment for the three new generators. We also disconnected and removed the old units and re-routed and connected the necessary 11 kilovolt cabling. In addition, we had to modify the monitoring and control system that supports the equipment and notifies the Mill Nurseries team of the status of the CHP generators. 
The CHP unit provides around 50 per cent of Mill Nurseries’ heating needs, and they take their other 50 per cent from a straw-fired biomass boiler which they installed around six years ago. This uses waste wheat straw from local farmers to create a completely renewable form of energy for their greenhouses. We were also entrusted with the full installation of this relatively new technology, including control systems and cabling. 
Helping Mill Nurseries to look after the environment 
Growing is a competitive game in a world where food production is having to keep pace with an ever-increasing population, and Mill Nurseries, which now employs over 100 people, have had to strive to stay one step ahead throughout their half a century-plus in operation. 
Mill Nurseries’ water, too, comes from sustainable sources. “We collect all of our rainwater run-offs from the roofs of our greenhouses, and this all goes into a 12 million-gallon reservoir we built on site, which makes us around three-quarters self-sufficient for our water,” continued Hermanus. 
They were the first UK tomato growers, in the early 2000s, to install fully automatic thermal screen covers in their greenhouses, designed to reduce their heat input requirements by 25 per cent during the winter months with the added benefit of creating a better summer glasshouse environment through the shading effect of the screens. 
The sheets of glass in the roofs of the new greenhouses will be significantly bigger, further minimising light obstruction and shadow from the aluminium bars used to contain them, for optimum growing efficiency. 
And their sustainable growing methods also include adopting endangered bumblebees to propagate the thousands of tomato plants which stretch as far as the eye can see within their vast greenhouses. 
Pest control is also done organically. “Tomatoes, like other crops, can be prey to a variety of pests, like whiteflies and leaf miners. An entomologist visits us every week during the eight-month long harvesting season to advise and provide insects like spiders to help target the pests where needs be,” added Hermanus. 
A rich heritage 
Hermanus’ father Gerrit set up Mill Nurseries on a smaller plot across the road from where it is now, after migrating to the UK from Holland in the 1950s. He started off growing lettuces, chrysanthemums and tomatoes in the soil. 
“Ironically, given that’s where our dad hailed from, we keep a close eye on what’s coming out of Holland, which is seen very much as the centre of horticulture around the world,” added Hermanus. 
“That’s where a lot of the latest innovations in growing stem from, including environmental control sensors to maximise the potential of every plant. 
“Dad was a first-generation grower but spotted an opportunity to do in the UK what had been done in Holland for many years. He arrived in the UK with nothing in his pockets, no possessions or even a suitcase and not even able to speak the language. 
“He started to build the business through sheer grit and determination, and just not being prepared to take ‘no’ for an answer. We’re extremely proud of what he achieved.” 
Throughout the past 20 years, as well as working on Mill Nurseries’ new installations, we have looked after the certification and periodic testing of all their electrical equipment, as well as being on hand to deal with any unanticipated problems. 
“While we have the ability to manually control our systems, they spend most of their lives on auto,” explained Hermanus. 
“Everything has to be fully optimised, well planned and fail-safe because the slightest glitch can result in thousands of plants being potentially ruined. 
“Owner Mark Pearson and his team have shared our journey so far with us. I’ve always found him and his Pearson Electrical company to be very supportive of our needs and very responsive whenever we have a breakdown, providing a level of capability and service we can trust. 
“They offer a depth of knowledge and expertise which is head and shoulders above other electrical companies, giving us utter confidence every step of the way.” 
If you would like our help with an industrial electrical project or problem, don’t hesitate to contact us via or (01482) 225080. 
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