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Commercial Ship Repair

The SMS Group is, at its heart, a commercial ship repairer. We’ve ship repair hubs in Lowestoft, Southampton and Bristol - with national coverage from a fleet of vehicles and mobile workshops.


Commercial ship repair is at the heart of SMS; many of our core skills and trades are derived from this challenging sector.  We undertake commercial ship repair across our network of eight sites; with key hubs in Lowestoft, Southampton and Bristol.  Our service offering full mobile and we work 24/7 in support of this demanding sector.

We have a dedicated shipyard in Lowestoft with a 75m dry dock, 100m of quayside, and dedicated workshops, machinery shops and a fabrication hall.


Our Capabilities

Bespoke marine manufacturing 

  • Light and heavy engineering 
  • Welding and fabrication 
  • Fully coded in steel and aluminium 
  • Pipe / Pipe work 
  • Mechanical engineering  
  • Main and ancillary systems 
  • Shaftlines and jets 
  • Hydraulic engineering 
  • Electrical engineering 
  • Electronic / systems support 
  • Fully managed refits and repairs 
  • Demobs and remobs 
  • Deck reconfigurations 
  • Reverse engineering 

Click here to download our PDF and read about our shipyard in Lowestoft.


Where next?

Welding, Fabrication & Pipework

Heavy marine engineering is big part of our service offering; marine grade manufacturing and ship systems are front and centre of The SMS Group’s core capabilities.


The SMS Group is well established in the Defence sector; we proactively support the Royal Navy via our long-standing relationships with BAE Systems, KBS Maritime and Babcock International.

Refurbishment & Fit Out

Pride in ownership and trust in delivery; ‘best in class’ project management ensuring the timely delivery of the highest quality marine interiors.

Estates & Infrastructure

Estates & Infrastructure