SMS commits to global distribution partnership at Seawork 2018 with BULLDOG workboats

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The Southampton headquartered ship repairer and marine engineering services provider, SMS, has partnered with to market its proven range of BULLDOG workboats internationally. The partnership was agreed at Seawork 2018.

Southampton Marine Services has an enviable reputation as specialists in ship repair, marine engineering and major fabrication projects in the commercial marine, defence and Superyachts sectors. From their headquarters in Ocean Quay, Southampton, they also build, in a dedicated ‘newbuild’ facility, the BULLDOG range of multi-functional workboats. SMS has been building workboats for more than 10 years and current vessel owners include Svitzer, ML UK, and Leco Marine.

Chris Norman, the MD of SMS commented, 'With a dedicated, proven product range of 14m to 20m BULLDOG workboats, we are developing a ‘first in class’ pedigree in the UK and further afield. SMS has built small inter-island ferries, fishing and aquaculture vessels and multi-functional workboats for ports and harbours around the UK. This product range is superb and fully customisable and we have an established customer base - we now need to increase production and expand internationally. Business is brisk, but it’s absolutely critical we have an eye on the future and increase the distribution of our British-built BULLDOG range”.

SMS business has gone from strength-to-strength in recent months, having acquired a national ship repair network and completed two major commercial refits - one in Cherbourg and one in Avonmouth. SMS are also just about to relaunch the classic motor yacht Alicia after a 3 year refit in Southampton, their sister company, the Wight Shipyard, having recently launched Red Jet 7.

Martin Antrobus, the MD and Founder of commented, “It's great to be working with Chris, John Buck and the team at SMS. SMS’s scale and pedigree, as well as their firm financial foundations really does uniquely position them within the market place. They’ve a great product set and the fact that they can often offer bespoke financial solutions internally often sets them apart from the competition. The quality of their product is superb and their ‘can do attitude’ mirrors our own ethos. Since setting the business up in 2010 we’ve worked hard as a team to market great workboats internationally and we very much look forward to doing the same with SMS and the BULLDOG range”.

Find SMS at Seawork, stand PG146. are globally specialists in the sales and charter of workboats. Find them at Seawork, stand SB3.

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