Repair hub at Hythe

Red Funnel Ferries’ Red Jet high speed catamaran at the yard Red Funnel Ferries’ Red Jet high speed catamaran at the yard
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The SMS Group, has partnered with the Hythe Shipyard to provide a dedicated shipyard solution to customers within the UK's Solent and Southampton Water.

SMS is a specialist 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.

The Hythe Shipyard is located just South of Marchwood at the top of Southampton Water.  The facility, owned by Fairline, allows vessels up to 950T (with a 55m LOA and 11.5m beam) to be slipped and hauled ashore.

The site also offers moorings for vessels from 10m to 100m LOA.  There is 10,000 sqm of undercover space and 24/7 onsite security.

The yard is an ‘open’ facility ensuring that SMS can bring its full suite of trades to site, including, but not limited to, structural and mechanical repair teams, electrical and hydraulic engineers, painting and coatings experts and interior and exterior outfitters.

Chris Norman, the Managing Director of SMS, said: “The site is perfect, ideally located and spacious enough for the largest of refits. “Having worked here myself for many, many years its genuinely exciting to not only see the yard’s future but to be a small part of it. “We look forward to working with commercial manager Rob Hammond, and his team and helping develop this site into a real ship repair hub.”

Chris added: “Our light-weight, low cost model works perfectly in this partnership. “We’ve had demonstrable success in both Shoreham and Cherbourg and we look forward to the same here in Southampton, the home of SMS.”

Rob Hammond, the Commercial Manager of the Hythe Shipyard, said: “We know we’ve got a great facility and to have now partnered with SMS allows us to offer the full shipyard proposition.

Visit SMS at Seawork International 2019 on stand PG146

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