Tri-party refit a success

Extensive programme of works for the ‘City of Chichester’, built in 1997.

SMS Southampton, part of The SMS Group, has completed a significant dredger refit for Tarmac Marine. The programme of repair works was completed in a dedicated, controlled berth alongside at Williams Shipping’s berths in the Western Docks, port of Southampton UK, with SMS taking ‘ownership’ of the site including operating permits-to-work and site security for the duration of the refit.

The programme of works for the ‘City of Chichester’, built in 1997, was extensive including feeder hopper refurbishment (completed in SMS’s nearby workshops), discharge grab replacement, a routine number of general repairs to the dredge and discharge equipment and a significant quantum of pipework repairs, renewals and bespoke fabrication/manufacturing. Electrical inspection and systems testing were also carried out.

Dave Chaffers, General Manager of SMS in Southampton, said: “The package of works was extensive with some significant emerging challenges; that said the team at Tarmac, both on and off the ship, supported the refit tremendously. Our ‘can do’ attitude, health and safety awareness, and in-house multi-trade expertise genuinely helped to deliver the works on schedule and on budget. It’s been a pleasure to work with Tarmac and a great result for SMS to complete the works here at home in Southampton.”

Duncan Payne, Ship Manager, Tarmac Marine Ltd, said: “Working with Dave and the SMS team in Southampton has been a real pleasure. Given the challenges of the project we’re very pleased with the outcome and look forward to future works with The SMS Group. I’d also like to go on record in support of the facility here at berth 20/21 and compliment Williams Shipping on their approach to this tri-party partnership; collectively we made the refit a success.”

SMS is a specialist in ship repair, marine engineering and major fabrication projects in the commercial marine, defence and superyachts sectors.  The company also operates a diving and sub-surface marine engineering business.

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