The SMS Group facilitated the substantial refit of Lord Sugar’s Superyacht, MY Lady A, at the ship lift facility in Portchester, Portsmouth in the winter of 2015/16. The vessel, (ex Southern Cross III, Emihar Chios and Indian Princess) was built in 1986 in Japan with interior and exterior styling by Bannenberg & Rowell Design. She is 55m LOA, with an 11.8m beam and a 4m draft. As one of the ‘iconic’ Superyachts of a generation The SMS Group undertook the project to both modernise her exterior profile and also to overhaul her key mechanical and operational systems.
The vessel arrived in Portsmouth from San Remo and after a short layover in the Commercial Port docked o 1000T Rolls Royce syncrolift. We attended the vessel in the Mediterranean pre her arrival and offered support on the delivery run to the UK. The planned package of works included minor structural, mechanical and electrical modifications, and the installation of new stabilisers. The refit also included modifications and improvements to both the interior and exterior styling, and a new external paint scheme.
The vessel underwent a significant 10-month refit at the Portsmouth shipyard, completed in June 2016. Alongside structural, mechanical and electrical modifications, she also underwent an exterior facelift, now sporting a light grey hull and slight changes to her profile including an extended aft deck and upgraded tender cranage.
The SMS Group provided technical management and assistance direct to the Owners’ team throughout the refit whilst also completing the structural, mechanical and electrical works packages together with the provision of yard services and refit infrastructure. We clearly demonstrated our ability to both manage our own sub-contractors and those requested directly by the Owners team.
MY Lady A undocked from the Portsmouth shipyard in June 2016 and set sail for the Mediterranean having undergone sea trials locally. The refit was a great success and testimony to the flexibility that we can as SMS offer Owners in terms of the ‘Owner managed’ refit environment providing core ship repair skills, yard services and project management whilst other works are sub-contracted by the ‘Owners team’ elsewhere.
Lord Sugar gave testimony to this sentiment and said: “refitting Lady A at home in the UK was a real, genuine, pleasure. The team know their stuff and the quality of the end product is simply outstanding. Owners that have made their money in the UK should definitely consider spending it in the UK; British engineering and workmanship is something to be really very proud of - on the South Coast there’s the ‘know how’ and passion to make the most challenging refit a reality.”
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