Britain’s largest independent ship repairer Burgess Marine has partnered with Kent-based European Active Projects Ltd (EAPL) to jointly manage and operate Ramsgate Slipways.
Dover-based Burgess Marine and EAPL have worked together successfully as customer and supplier for very many years.
The operation of Ramsgate Slipways is a 50/50 joint venture designed to restore both commercial confidence in the footprint and support the local customer base better.
The footprint’s principle asset is its No.1 slipway which is 60 metres long, with a maximum 12 metre beam and a 350 ton displacement.
Steve Jones, the Managing Director of EAPL, said: “We’re really excited about this opportunity.
“The site will undergo investment and the local customer base is keen.
“By working with Burgess Marine we’re covering all the bases.
“The reality is that we can comfortably manage the smaller ‘splash and dash’ dockings right the way up to major ship repair projects.
“Between EAPL and Burgess Marine we’ve got the complete suite of expertise from technical management through to the basic areas of marine engineering.”
Nicholas Warren, the Chief Executive Officer of Dover-based Burgess Marine, added: “Working with EAPL is great news; we’ve got it all covered.
“We want to support local operators, the port, wind farm support vessels, passing tonnage and with Brexit we’ll potentially be better value for money than docking on the continent too.
“Ramsgate Slipways is geographically proven and we genuinely look forward to working with EAPL and developing the business further.”
Both EAPL and Burgess Marine have workshops in the locality and can guarantee quick response times and a professional service.
The site is to be managed jointly by John Webb and Geoff Barrett from Burgess Marine and Andy Corbett from EAPL.