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Columbia Metals Joins Historic Ship Scheme

14 May 2024

Columbia Metals has joined forces with National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) in a new scheme to safeguard the future of the 1,500 vessels on its National Register. As part of its involvement, Columbia Metals will offer a discount to owners and custodians of registered vessels for materials required in support of their maintenance and conservation.

In a vessel owner survey carried out last year, NHS-UK determined that there was pressing need for support around maintenance costs, as well as mooring and operational fees, in order to preserve historic examples of the UK’s maritime heritage. The organisation has now partnered with several companies and institutions involved in the maritime sector to address the financial concerns that were raised.

Columbia Metals has been building healthy relationships with marine engineers and shipbuilders for over 60 years and has developed a dedicated stock of naval engineering alloys. The company is proud to support this honourable endeavour in pursuit of its continued commitment to the sector.

NHS-UK is a government-funded organisation dedicated to the maintenance and conservation of historic vessels. Its National Register lists 1,500 craft that are at least 50 years old, based in UK waters and more than 33ft in length overall. The organisation is sponsored by the Headley Trust, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The vessels listed on the National Register include barges, trawlers, lifeboats, tugs, ferries, fishing boats, shrimpers, steamers and schooners, amongst many others.

Further details of the scheme are available here.

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