A FALMOUTH business is looking forward to an improved year, with work already booked in for the first three months of 2014.
Dock operator A&P Falmouth blamed a difficult end to 2013 on the depressed state of the commercial shipping market, delays in the process to dredge the harbour and the repair cycle of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) contracts.
Peter Child, managing director for A&P Falmouth, said: "I'm very pleased to say 2014 is looking promising so far.
"We have a busy first three months of the year, and already have other projects booked up until June. But although business has picked up, there are no major MoD ship refits until April 2015 and we still face tough times ahead because the commercial market is really competitive.
"The whole team here works hard at securing repeat business and being as flexible as possible. A&P Falmouth has a reputation for excellence and efficiency, providing excellent value for money and a high standard of workmanship."
A&P Falmouth's busy start saw its three docks occupied by the tanker FSL Hamburg, a Condor ferry and pipeline tren-ching vessel Calamity Jane.