Lowestoft ship yard

Our Lowestoft Dry Dock measures 14.6 metres x 76.5 metres and is capable of housing ships with a maximum draft of 4.5 meters with appropriate tidal conditions.

Having this capacity means we are one of the leading providers of dry docking and ship repair services to North Sea and other UK and European vessel operators.

Vast experience gained from working with numerous ship operators and builders has given our operatives superior knowledge of structure, mechanics,services and propulsion systems meaning we offer a total service solution for any ship repair and refit docking requirements.

Historically, we have supported the UK Borderforce from our Lowestoft ship yard.

Lowestoft ship yard facilities and services

Our dry dock has onsite workshops for fabrication and construction as well as machine shops and engineering facilities. We can provide offices and mess facilities for ship’s crew if required. The site is fully serviced with electricity and water. We have onsite support plant including forklift trucks, cranes, scissor lifts and cherry pickers. Floating alongside repairs are also possible outside of the dry-dock alongside.

As with all SMS sites, you will be fully supported by our complement of marine professionals including: technical management and shipwrights,welder/fabricators, mechanical and hydraulic engineers, electrical technicians, painters and divers.
 

Max. Length

77m

Max. Beam

14.6m

Max. Draft

4.5m

Max. Weight

n/a

Cherbourg ship yard

Since 2001, we have been the Port of Cherbourg's primary engineering partner in respect of the Rolls-Royce Syncrolift facility in Cherbourg.

The facility (with a lift of 90m x 32m) comfortably caters for vessels up to 90m in length, and offers a 3000 tonnes lift capacity. Having for many years utilised the facility specifically in support of Condor Ferries and Brittany Ferries, we are now carrying out general commercial activities on the site in the support of other ship owners and operators and welcome naval ships.

Skilled, experienced personnel that are capable of carrying out planned or emergency dockings are routinely deployed from our UK based operations. The Cherbourg Syncrolift, the largest and most modern in the region, is ideally located only 75 miles from Southampton and Portsmouth, 70 miles from Portland, and just 135 miles from the busy Dover Straits. The longevity of our partnership ensures lift rates are highly competitive and response times immediate.

Cherbourg ship yard facilities and services

Our ship lift facility has onsite workshops for fabrication and construction as well as machine shops and engineering facilities. We can provide offices and mess facilities for ship’s crew if required. The site is fully serviced with electricity and water. We have onsite support plant including forklift trucks, cranes, scissor lifts and cherry pickers.Floating alongside repairs are also possible alongside in the port of Cherbourg.

As with all SMS sites, you will be fully supported by our complement of marine professionals including: technical management and shipwrights, welder/fabricators, mechanical and hydraulic engineers, electrical technicians, painters and divers.

Max. Length

90m

Max. Beam

32m

Max. Draft

4.5m

Max. Weight

3000t

Southampton Ship Yard

Able to accommodate vessels of up to 60 metres LOA and draught of 3.5 metres the dry dock benefits from a hydraulic submerging dock gate, 3 tonne travelling gantry crane and high output single and 3 phase power. The covered dry dock provides the unique facility of a rolling building allowing for year-round working in all weather conditions. The building is movable to allow access for equipment such as cranes to work on vessels in the dock.

In addition, the site includes fabrication and machine shops. A large joinery shop, ship store is also provided. Offices, toilet and shower facilities is complemented by ample car parking

Southampton Ship Yard Facilities and Services

In addition to the covered dry dock and on-shore facilities, Ocean Quay also has a 70 metres fully serviced wet dock which allows for work to be carried out on vessels, in dry dock or afloat in the most cost-effective way. Located within ½ mile of the SMS main yard is our specialised Fitout and Small Craft workshop, fully tailored for manufacturing and fitting bespoke interiors for luxury yachts and other special
projects.

  • Moveable covered structure provides all-weather facility
  • Direct access to River Itchen, Southampton Water and the Solent
  • Hydraulic submerging dock gate
  • 3 tonne travelling gantry crane
  • Single and 3 phase power High bay halogen lights Toilet and shower facilities
  • High bay halogen lights
  • Toilet and shower facilities.

As with all SMS sites, you will be fully supported by our complement of marine professionals including: technical management and shipwrights, welder/fabricators, mechanical and hydraulic engineers, electrical technicians, painters and divers.

Max. Length

60m

Max. Beam

8.5m

Max. Draft

3.5m

Max. Weight

N/A

Shoreham Ship Yard

Southampton Marine Services has partnered with Shoreham Port to offer ship repair and dry docking services at the bustling south coast UK Port.

In a move that expands Southampton Marine Services’ dry dock capabilities the partnership provides vessel owners and operators with greater options for docking deeper draft vessels at an English Channel port.

The Adur dry dock has recently accommodated square rigged sailing vessels, yachts, trawlers, tugs, workboats and small ferries. 

Shoreham Ship Yard Services

Key onsite facilities include:

  • 50.5 metres (45 at blocks) length
  • 10 metres at water level (8.5 at blocks) breadth
  • 5.2 metres draft over blocks
  • Electric 110V, 240V, or 440V @ 16A or 32A
  • 500kg lifting davit and access for mobile cranes up to 80 tonnes
  • Fresh water, workshop and mess facilities 

As with all SMS sites, you will be fully supported by our complement of marine professionals including: technical management and shipwrights, welder/fabricators,  mechanical and hydraulic engineers, electrical technicians, painters and divers.

Max. Length

50.5m

Max. Beam

10m

Max. Draft

5.2m

Max. Weight

N/A

HMNB Portsmouth and Devonport

We have offices and engineering workshops located in both HMNB Portsmouth and Devonport hence we are ideally placed to support ship repair and refit of the Royal Navy surface fleet and of other ships visiting the bases.

Our resident technical teams all maintain the appropriate security clearance for works on-board naval ships and are well versed in the demanding SHE, quality and delivery expectations of the defence sector.

Our qualified welders possess the skills and knowledge to work within the requirements of all principle IACS member organisations on both steel and aluminium naval ship repairs and renewals. Mechanical and electrical engineers are OEM trained and experienced in a broad range of equipment and systems across various vessels and platforms

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Classic Yacht Owner
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Chief Engineer, Solent Ship Operator
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Head of Engineering, Solent Ferry Operator
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Colour Sergeant, Royal Marines HM Naval Base Devonport
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