New dry dock partnership is a ‘win-win’ situation

Burgess Marine is at the forefront of marine engineering
Burgess Marine is at the forefront of marine engineering

A NEW partnership is hoping to revitalise ship repair in Shoreham Port.

Burgess Marine, Britain’s largest independent ship repairer, has linked with the port authority to reinvigorate the business by attracting both its existing customer base and new clients.

Adur Dry Dock has been in use since the 1930s and it is now one of the few remaining dry dock facilities on the south coast.

Marine industries have made use of the service over the years and Shoreham Port said that, through significant investment in the infrastructure, huge progress had been made in the operational throughput, efficiency and service provided.

Brian Needle, Burgess Marine’s operations director, said: “The facility is superb, as is its location between our existing facilities in Dover and Portsmouth.

“We already have colleagues living close to the port and its proximity to our other sites means that we can easily cover larger packages of work and major refits.

“It’s a win-win for us, especially as the team within the port are so ‘pro’ ship repair.”

Adur Dry Dock has recently hosted square-rigged sailing vessels, yachts, trawlers, tugs, workboats and small ferries, and Burgess Marine is open to enquiries from these and all other craft.

Tony Parker, Shoreham Port’s director of engineering, said: “The port has been looking for a suitable partner for some time and Burgess Marine ticks all our boxes.

“They have the scale, reputation and professionalism to deliver ship repair work here in Shoreham in a safe, sustainable, and commercial competitive environment and we look forward to working with them in building the credibility and customer base of the Adur Dry Dock.

“Hopefully this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship.”

The dock measures 50.5 metres (45 at blocks) by 10 metres (8.5 at blocks). For bookings and enquiries, contact Mr Brian Needle on 07766 100 247 or Ashley Hurrell on 07779 337725.