Gateshead tech company rides wave of success with new maritime contract

A North East technology specialist has completed a contract to provide digital connectivity onboard one of Europe’s oldest floating warships.

Gateshead-based Advantex secured a contract to deliver cable work onboard HMS Trincomalee.

Built in Bombay in 1816 shortly after the end of the Napoleonic war, HMS Trincomalee is a Royal Navy Leda-class sailing frigate that has also served as a training ship and features as part of the National Historic Fleet, attracting thousands of visitors to Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience annually.

The work is part of new investment by the National Museum of the Royal Navy in technology to support the ongoing conservation of its exhibits.

Phil George, the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s head of IT, commented: “Advantex impressed with their positive response and understanding our unique requirements. They were sensitive to the conservation of the ship, delivering a high quality and cost-effective solution to meet our current and future needs.”

Stephen O’Connell, sales and marketing director, and a former Royal Marine added: “This is a very prestigious project for us, showcasing our skills and expertise in delivering challenging and complex IT installations.

“We are very proud of our North East origins and it is great to see this type of work being serviced by a company based in the region. I have a personal pride in this work with my former connections to the Royal Navy.”