Burgess Marine to revive south coast dry dock

Burgess Marine has partnered with Shoreham Port to revive south coast dry dock
Burgess Marine has partnered with Shoreham Port to revive south coast dry dock

Britain’s largest independent ship repairer, Burgess Marine, has partnered with Shoreham Port to revitalise ship repair in the commercially thriving Sussex Port.

Shoreham Port offers one of the few remaining dry dock facilities on the South Coast of England. The Port has had a dry dock facility since the 1930’s and since that time has provided a valuable service to the marine industries on and around the South Coast.

Over recent years, through significant investment by Shoreham Port, primarily in the infrastructure, huge progress has been made in the operational throughput, efficiency and service provided by the dock. Burgess Marine is looking to reinvigorate the ship repair business in the Adur dry dock by attracting both its existing customer base and new clients into the facility.

The Adur dry dock has recently hosted square rigged sailing vessels, yachts, trawlers, tugs, workboats and small ferries, and Burgess Marine are open to enquiries from these and all other craft.

Principle characteristics of the Adur dry dock:

Length: 50.5 metres (45 at blocks)
Breadth: 10 metres at water level (8.5 at blocks)
Draft: 5.2 metres over blocks
Amenities: Electric 110V, 240V, or 440V @ 16A or 32A
Fresh water: workshop and mess facilities
0.5 tonne Lifting davit and access for mobile cranes up to 80 tonne.

Brian Needle, Operations Director of Burgess Marine commented, “The facility is superb, as is its location between our existing facilities in Dover and Portsmouth. We already have colleagues living close to the Port and its proximity to our other sites means that we can easily cover larger packages of work and major refits. It’s a win-win for us, especially as the Team within the Port are so ‘pro’ ship repair.”

Tony Parker, Shoreham Ports Director of Engineering went on to say, “The Port has been looking for a suitable partner for some time and Burgess Marine ticks all our boxes. They have the scale, reputation and professionalism to deliver ship repair work here in Shoreham in a safe, sustainable, and commercial competitive environment. We look forward to working with them in building the credibility and customer base of the Adur dry dock. Hopefully this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship.”

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