SMS completes third superyacht refit

'MY Alicia' in the 60m drydock prior to her recent launch 'MY Alicia' in the 60m drydock prior to her recent launch
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The Southampton, UK headquartered ship repairer and marine engineering services provider, SMS, has launched the classic superyacht ‘MY Alicia’ from its covered 60m dry dock in the heart of the City.

The business, born, thanks to the inspired vision of the Owner, from the scale of the MY Alicia restoration project, is now uniquely placed in the UK restoration, refit and repair market.

SMS, has developed an enviable reputation as specialists in ship repair, marine engineering and major fabrication projects in the commercial marine, defence and Superyachts sectors. In addition, the business has a proven pedigree for major yacht refits and classic yacht restorations.  In recent years the company has completed refits for Sir Charles Dunstone on MY Shemara, Lord Sugar on MY Lady A and now on MY Alicia for another ‘distinguished british owner’.

Peter Morton, the CEO of The SMS Group comments: “Today’s launch is a major positive milestone in another huge refit project for The SMS Group, all our colleagues and all our suppliers.  It’s big, big news.  As a company we are genuinely thrilled to have had the inspiration and support of another truly exceptional British businessman; and whilst the project has been challenging the end result is simply outstanding.  MY Alicia is unquestionably beautiful”.

Peter concluded by saying: “I’d like to take this opportunity to formally thank our supply chain here in Southampton and further afield.  We wouldn’t be able to complete such significant and bespoke projects without the likes of Canark Marine, Design Unlimited, SEC Marine, WRS and others, to include our own Sister companies Yacht Tec and Global Services”.

Chris Norman, the MD of SMS said: “this particular project has seen major structural works and the complete rebuild of the yacht and its systems in support of the program of works. We built a new hull from the aft machinery bulkhead forward, some 34m, and a completely new aluminium superstructure in partnership with our Sister co. the Wight Shipyard, coming in at circa 25T.”

MY Alicia is a 50m classic motor yacht; she was built in the United States of America by Defoe in 1930 and launched as MY Janidore (the ex RS Eden).  She was one of eight yachts to be built by the East Coast yard.

By Jake Frith

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