Record breaking usage rate as SMS expands

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Specialists in ship repair, marine engineering and major fabrication projects in the Commercial Marine, Defence and Superyachts sectors, SMS Group, one of the country’s leading ship repairers and marine engineering services providers, has broken records in Lowestoft UK.

This year SMS Lowestoft will have achieved a record breaking dry dock utilisation rate of 90% with the company’s 14.6m beam x 76.5m LOA dry dock having been in use for circa 330 days this calendar year.

Located in the most Easterly point of the UK within ABP’s Port of Lowestoft, the dock is ideally situated to support tonnage in the North Sea, English Channel and the Thames Estuary. In addition to works undertaken in the dock, the Lowestoft team has completed numerous projects in London on the Thames, Great Yarmouth, Harwich, and also alongside at its 100m, lay-by berth. The business also operates, in‐house, a diving and sub‐surface marine engineering division.

James Grala, General Manager of SMS Lowestoft said, “We’ve had a tremendously busy year achieving previously unattainable levels of dry dock utilisation - the whole team have really pulled together and whilst it’s been very hard work we’re proud to have broken a few records”.

The SMS team in Lowestoft boasts in-house expertise in mechanical, electrical and hydraulic engineering; steel and aluminium pipe works and structural works, both above and below the waterline; and painting and blasting.

Graia added, “2020’s going to be a very interesting year for us too; we’re exceptionally busy from February onwards with some limited availability in January; hence I’m keen to fill these few remaining dock slots - rest assured we’ll be as competitive on price as we can.”

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