Company Profile

Present day Southampton Marine Services, or SMS, as we are now known, are a UK based marine engineering services provider. Far from being a new name however, SMS brings to the marine industry a fine pedigree. Uniting the skills and passion of respected British luxury motor yacht specialist Shemara Refit LLP with the experience and dedication of well-known commercial shipping professionals Southampton Marine Services, Burgess Marine, Testbank Ship Repair and Small & Co. we are the near 60 year evolution of some of the UK’s finest ship repair and refit names.

Much has changed in those sixty years, but to this day, our commitment to delivering engineering excellence has not. Today we are a multidiscipline marine engineering services provider operating in the commercial marine, defence, superyacht and cruise sectors of the ever growing UK and international maritime industry. The last decade has seen a significant increase in the scale of our operations, with such growth including geographical expansion from one trading location to ten. We are the UK’s largest independent ship repairer and a premier provider of marine engineering services.

The SMS family is made up of qualified professionals and highly skilled tradespeople to collaborate on projects large and small, ranging from naval architects and engineers to carpenters and apprentices, together we work with the guiding principles of personalisation and can-do attitude. From the North Sea coast of Suffolk south through the English channel to Lands’ End, we have a number of ship repair and refit facilities ideally located to support the UK's largest ports, naval bases and busy shipping lanes.

Furthermore, the surrounding seas are no barrier to our global support projection. From small scale engineering assistance via the supply of skilled labour, to fully project managed, resourced and delivered refits in third party overseas shipyards, we are the international partner of choice for many ship operators, owners and managers. We strive to offer our customers a total service solution for all their marine engineering challenges; the nature of the industry within which we operate means our technical teams are available on a planned or emergency basis 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. We are the ship repair and refit experts, we are marine engineers, we are SMS.



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Our Team

At all levels of our business we bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the marine industry. Our senior leadership is made up of marine professionals, engineers, former seafarers and other professionals from varying industrial backgrounds that collectively provide the support, guidance and direction which allows our people to flourish and customers to thrive.

Throughout SMS you will find a ’can do’ attitude rarely seen in industry, from the apprentices through to our board of directors we’re here to help, we care.

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Our Responsibilities

We’re committed to conducting our business in accordance with best industrial practise with regards to health and safety, the environment and quality control, hence we maintain third party certification to internationally recognised management system standards. 

Our ethical responsibilities and conduct are at the forefront of our decision making and we place great value on all stakeholder relations including the people we employ and the communities within which we operate. 

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Terms of Business

Transparency and fairness is important to us, that’s why we clearly publish our terms of business, so that all parties with which we engage are aware of our standard contractual terms from the outset. 

Click here for our standard terms and conditions of contract or click here for our standard terms and conditions for the supply of goods and services. We can of course tailor our terms to suit specific contractual requirements, or like we do with many of our customers, enter into a mutually beneficial long term trading agreement with you. 

We’re ethical too; we do the right thing at the right time. No grey areas. Many incumbents within the sector don’t - and the fact that we do is one of the reasons we’ve grown.  It’s genuinely important to our management team that relationships stem very many years. Trust is key.  Respect is key. As a business we want to care for you and your assets, not only for today but well into the future.


At SMS, we provide our employees with a diverse and exciting workplace, with opportunities to travel and experience many different working environments across the commercial marine, defence, superyacht and cruise sectors within which we operate. 

Our employment packages are highly competitive, regularly reviewed and include varying benefits depending on the role. Click here to view our current vacancies.

We’re always on the lookout for new talent so we welcome speculative applications from experienced marine engineering tradesmen and also from anyone else who feels they could make a difference as part of our team. Please email your CV together with a brief introduction to


Because of our diverse service offering and involvement in different sectors of the marine industry, our customer base is wide and varied. We are therefore flexible in our approach and engage with our customers in a manner commensurate and appropriate for the sector within which they operate. We understand that global defence companies have different expectations and requirements than those of private yacht owners, equally we understand that workboat and dredger operators are different too. At SMS we listen to our customers and adapt to their requirements, that’s why we’re often the first port of call. 


SMS can offer financial support to all customers. Whether it’s a private company or a private vessel owner, we can arrange introductions to leading marine finance providers offering a wide range of financing arrangements that are available for any type of SMS vessel. 

Please contact us to find out more and we can put you in touch with the right people.

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client testimonials

You should be very proud of all that you do, it is wonderful.
Classic Yacht Owner
Many thanks for your rapid work today; we are back in action again
Chief Engineer, Solent Ship Operator
Please pass on my thanks and also the thanks from my Chief Executive and Operations Director, the support of the SMS team is very much appreciated
Head of Engineering, Solent Ferry Operator
Many thanks for your teams hard graft, the work was completed and as always I am extremely happy with the quality
Colour Sergeant, Royal Marines HM Naval Base Devonport
Thank the welders, the work that they produced was to the highest standard and were great to work with
Project Manager, UK Shipyard
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