Dry dock for Burgess Marine

Mon, 27 October 2014

Britain’s largest independent ship repairer Burgess Marine has partnered with Shoreham Port, to revitalise ship repair in the commercially thriving Sussex, UK Port. Shoreham 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 1930s 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 dock has recently hosted square rigged sailing vessels, yachts, trawlers, tugs, workboats and small ferries, and Burgess Marine is open to enquiries from these and all other craft.

Principle characteristics of the Adur dry dock are:

-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 tonnes

Brian Needle, Burgess Marine’s operations director, said: "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, added: "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 commercially competitive environment and we look forward to working with them in building the credibility and customer base of the Adur dry dock.”

By Jake Frith

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