Shoreham Port’s unique dry dock facility is busier than ever with almost back to back bookings scheduled over the summer.
The Port has had a dry dock facility since the 1930’s and since then has provided a valuable service to the marine industries on and around the South Coast. Over recent years, through significant investment by Shoreham Port, huge progress has been made in the operational throughput, efficiency and service provided by the dock.
The dry dock is currently hosting the survey vessel, EGS Pioneer. The vessel is undergoing her required annual inspection which includes checking the engine and anodes, general cleaning of the vessel, painting where necessary and any other below water work that needs to take place.
EGS Pioneer has been working off of the east coast and was keen to return to Shoreham for her inspection following a quick and efficient docking in 2015. The EGS Pioneer will remain in the dry dock for approximately ten days.
Prior to the arrival of EGS Pioneer, passerbys may have noticed the Brighton Marina RNLI boat house in the dry dock. The boat house was constructed in the dry dock in 2011. After being in operation for six years it was decided that the original design was in need of some modifications and the dry dock was the ideal location to carry out such works.
Keith Wadey, Assistant Port Engineer at Shoreham Port commented “It is fantastic to see the dry dock so busy. We are incredibly lucky to have the facility and be able to host a wide range of vessels from square rigged sailing vessels and yachts, to trawlers, tugs, workboats and small ferries. We have a constant stream of enquiries for the dry dock and we will do our best to accommodate as many vessels as possible.”
The next vessel booked into the dry dock is George Johannes in July. The vessel is returning after docking last year for similar routine maintenance, including cleaning and painting. In August the Port’s tug Adurni and work boat Juno will also be docked for general maintenance works.
To find out more about Shoreham Port’s dry dock please visit www.shoreham-port.co.uk/Dry-Dock or call 01273 598100.