Britain’s largest independent ship repairer Burgess Marine has secured a long-term lease from ABP Southampton for two slipways at the top of Southampton Water.

Currently occupied by Marchwood Slipways, the footprint will be renamed Burgess Marine Marchwood. It came under Burgess Marine’s management on October 1, 2015.

Brian and Rossalyn Chandler, who currently operate the slipways, will be joining the Burgess Marine team. The footprint provides two rolling slips – one of 500T and one of 1000T – both slips can support vessels up to 70m LOA – and 183m of jetty with berthing. The site offers opportunities for short, medium and long-term storage, ultra-high pressure water blasting washing and open shot blasting.

The site will be managed by Karl Kerry who also manages Burgess Marine Portchester’s 1000T syncrolift and yard at the top of Portsmouth Harbour. Karl said: “The site is excellent and we already have good, long-standing relationships with all of the yard’s key customers – in fact we’ve at least four dockings already stemmed.

“We will be both investing and improving health and safety standards in Marchwood; we’ll also be changing the way that the site works. What’s key for us is that we maximise the utilisation of the footprint and work in proper partnership with our customers to ensure the best, and most sensible, utilisation of both our footprints in Portchester and now Southampton.”