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The SMS Group scores an early hattrick in 2023

28 February 2023
Press Release

  The SMS Group scores an early hattrick in 2023 


Three significant commercial wins for The SMS Group in the first quarter of 2023. 


The SMS Group, based within the ABP Southampton footprint, in the Port of Southampton, Hampshire, has won three major fast-ferry refits in the first few months of 2023.  The business continues to support the internationally based fleet of high-speed craft. 

The SMS Group has a fantastic pedigree in the repair and maintenance of fast-ferries and high-speed craft.  The team in Southampton have recently undertaken works in Denmark, France and Belfast across three varying, very different projects. 

In Denmark we’ve supported the Technical Management of a major fast-ferry refit on behalf of the ships builder.  In France, on behalf of Condor Ferries, the operator, we’ve undertaken a major package of mechanical works on the shiplift in Cherbourg, and we’re also working at Harland & Wolff, in Belfast, supporting the overhaul of the stern gear on a 102m vessel for Irish Ferries. 

Nicholas Warren, Commercial Director, comments: “our knowledge and experience in the repair, maintenance and overhaul of jets, shaft-lines, ride control units and high-speed diesels speaks for itself; and now we’ve expanded the team in Southampton we’ve the band-width to undertake projects simultaneously – both here in the UK and overseas”. 

The SMS Group’s expertise includes mechanical and structural repairs, and also interior refurbishment. 

Nicholas goes on to say: “in a separate project we’re currently undertaking works in Liverpool for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.  – a major package of interior refurbishment and upgrades onboard a 98m fast-ferry.  The works includes an interior upgrade, enhanced galley and servery, and an upgraded first-class lounge”. 

The SMS Group trades from eight locations in the UK offering marine engineering and interior outfit solutions both nationally and internationally.