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Fitting the fleet: Rubb & A&P Falmouth’s 13-year history

Fitting the fleet: Rubb & A&P Falmouth’s 13-year history
26/05/2021

Rubb’s long history with four Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay-class vessels perfectly embodies the advantages synonymous with Rubb’s fabric-engineered buildings.

For the past 13 years, they have demonstrated the extent of usability, engineering, and service Rubb can offer. No other solution could be dismantled, refurbished, modified, and relocated so many times and still operate to the peak performance Rubb’s customers are accustomed to. With over a decade in the harshest maritime conditions across the world, these rugged Rubb buildings have a fascinating story to tell.

It began in 2008 with Rubb being commissioned by shipbuilding company A&P Falmouth to supply and install an onboard storage building for the RFA Cardigan Bay. Bay-class ships are 176.6m long, and have a full load of 16,160 tonnes. The 15m span x 18m long steel-framed and fabric-covered NV structure was used to protect valuable equipment onboard the vessel.

The structure, featuring a sidewall height of 5m, included:

Galvanized roof and leg lattice steelwork with a 3m modular construction PVC coated polyester structural fabric cladding on the roof and sidewalls Main and auxiliary wind bracing cables in end modules Manually operated roller shutter door in front gable Three fire/access doors Steel foundation ring beam

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