Dover-based Mechanica Utilities Ltd has formed a new company to specialise in supporting the maritime sector in the UK and overseas.
Its new company Mechanica Marine has also acquired and redeveloped a 25,500 sq ft marine engineering workshop just outside the Port of Dover.
Mechanica Utilities, based in Channel View Road, Dover, has worked nationally in partnership with several marine engineering companies for very many years. It has stepped into to fill the void generated by former Dover-based ship repairer Burgess Marine’s sale and the vast reduction in its Dover footprint.
Mechanica Marine has been established to focus on ship care and repair, the support of maritime infrastructure, and marine grade fabrication.
The company has already developed relationships with Eurotunnel, Wartsila, Boskalis, Volker Stevin, the Port of Dover, Seajets in Greece, and Incat in Tasmania.
James Horsham, the founder and managing director of Mechanica Utilities, said: “Mechanica Marine is a business focused on customer care and response times, the same as our utilities business.
“We’ve excellent workshop facilities and excellent, trained, marine engineers. The expertise inherent in Mechanica Marine stems from our sister company Mechanica Utilities: welding and fabrication, marine mechanical engineering, motor refurbishments and rewinds, pump refurbishment and repairs, machine shop services and electrical installations and repairs.”
Mechanica Utilities was established in 2015 and has seen significant year-on-year growth of circa 50% per annum since.
Mechanica Marine was created to help support the core business.
Mr Horsham said: “The sale of the Burgess Marine business has created an opportunity for us locally, nationally and internationally.
“Our aluminium welding and fabrication team have already undertaken major fast ferry repair jobs in Greece and in Argentina, and we’ve a workshop full of Eurotunnel equipment.
“We look forward to developing relationships with many of Burgess Marine’s local legacy customers well in to the future.
“As our marine engineering business grows we hope to employ more skilled resources locally and really push to expand our operations across the south coast and further afield.”
Danny Gunner, the marine superintendent of Mechanica Marine, added: “My background is 100% marine centric, as is many of the team here in Dover.
“Given the infancy of our business we’ve already had several major wins.
“We’ve manufactured bespoke lobster back bends for Boskalis Westminster, scrubbers for Wartsila, pipework for Holyhead Towing, two major aluminium repairs for Incat, as well as the provision of support to Svitzer and the Port of Dover.”
Contact Mr Gunner on +44 (0) 7549 248050 and email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.