SMS Group expands into Shoreham Port

The SMS Group, one of the country’s leading ship repairers and marine engineering services providers, has partnered with the Shoreham Port Authority to provide dedicated alongside ship repair wharfage, and to increase awareness of its Adur dry dock facility.

The SMS Group, one of the country’s leading ship repairers and marine engineering services providers, has partnered with the Shoreham Port Authority to provide dedicated alongside ship repair wharfage, and to increase awareness of its Adur dry dock facility. The agreement was signed at the Seawork International maritime conference and exhibition in Southampton yesterday (June 11th).

SMS, based in Southampton, has an enviable reputation as specialists in ship repair, marine engineering and major fabrication projects in the Commercial Marine, Defence and Superyachts sectors.

The business also operates, in-house, a diving and sub-surface marine engineering division.

This partnership expands on the existing relationship with Shoreham Port to promote the use of its 50m x 10m Adur dry dock to SMS’s customer base along the South Coast.

Nicholas Warren, SMS Commercial Director, said: “In addition to our recent partnership with the Hythe Shipyard in Southampton Water this goes someway to further geographically extend our low-cost operating model.

“In addition to the dry dock we’ve now got 110m of quayside (max draft 6.7m) with shore-side space and good access for cranage.

“Shoreham is the perfect setup for short, sharp, emergency alongside repairs or longer-term planned alongside refits.

“With many customers opting for biannual dockings the quantum of works that we, as a Group, complete annually alongside, is definitely increasing so this partnership has to be good news for our customer base.”
He added: “SMS’s recent growth comes from developing various partnership approaches to business, and by continually putting the customer’s aspirations first.

“Shoreham allows us to extend our reach that little further and work in genuine partnership with both the Port and many of our local customers.”

The Port operates a 24/7/365 operation and both the Port and the team at SMS will do all that they can to accommodate the varying ship repair requirements of all customers.

With both parties committed to the agreement, Shoreham Port is now open for commercial ship repair works and alongside refits.

Visit www.sms-marine.co.uk for more details.

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