SMS Group marks record year in marine refurbishment

SHIP SHAPE: A joiner at work - the SMS Group has recorded its most successful year in marine refurbishment and interior outfit. It is exhibiting at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo, at London’s Excel, where it is shortlisted for the event's ‘Refurbishment of the year’ award.

The SMS Group, based within the ABP Southampton footprint, in the Port of Southampton, Hampshire, UK, is concluding its most successful year in marine refurbishment and interior outfit by exhibiting at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo, at London’s Excel, and with the industry recognition of being shortlisted for the highly acclaimed ‘Refurbishment of the Year’ award.

The award, shortlisted by industry experts and decided by an industry vote, will be announced on December 1, which is the final day of the two-day trade show.

Dan Lockyer, Head of Marine Refurbishment for The SMS Group, said: “This is a great end to our year and fantastic to have such industry wide recognition. If you’re reading this please take a moment to vote for us.

“We’ve had a tremendously positive year with several new customers coming onboard, two new landmark contracts – one of which we received at Seawork – several new starters and exceptional project successes in the cruise, ferry and defence sectors.”
He added: “Works of varying sizes, across the marine industry, are helping to support the growth of the business and the maturity of the delivery team.

“As we roll into 2023 we’ll be undertaking significant works for the Royal Navy and for two major, international, cruise lines. 2022 has been a huge success and we look forward to 2023.”

Darren Smith, Head of Business Development, concluded: “2022 has seen us achieve two major milestones; genuine maturity in our supply chain, and proven delivery across multiple projects, simultaneously.

“This will allow the business to further scale in 2023 and onwards. As the liquidity within our core customer base rebounds post Covid we look forward to supporting larger projects and continually developing our customer base.”

The SMS Group trades from eight locations in the UK offering marine engineering and interior outfit solutions both nationally and internationally.

It was shortlisted for Refurbishment of the Year for its work for the Holland America Line simultaneously on the Volendam and Zaandam in Cadiz. The programme of works was led by their ‘return to service’ requirements and centred around repair works to public spaces.

Significant work packages included bulkhead and deckhead repairs and renewals, the tiling and ‘rejuvenating’ of public washrooms, bathrooms, and showers, a significant amount of redecoration – wallcoverings and resprays, new flooring – to include tiles and vinyl, an extended programme of reupholstery of furniture, to include new leather handrails, and the conversion of the reception office.

At its peak more than 50 industrial trades made up the multi-skilled team – electricians, tilers, decorators, plumbers, fitters, joiners and dedicated labourers supporting a relentless program of works undertaken in a two-shift pattern over a three-week period.