Monday, August 17, 2020

Marine Service Group Maintains Business Despite Lockdown

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UK – With much travel cancelled during lockdown it seems one company which did not suffer to much was Southampton Marine Services (SMS) group which has been working on vessels which normally would have been plying their trade. These include supporting the Woods Silver Fleet, refitting the Silver Sturgeon in Lowestoft and fabricating their new Central London facility, Woods Quay, in Southampton.

Both projects are now complete with Woods Quay recently hosting the launch of the newly rebranded Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, whose vessels are built by the SMS Group’s sibling, the Wight Shipyard in Cowes. Referencing the Woods Quay project Nicholas Warren, SMS Commercial Director commented:

“The support of Woods, and their faith in buying and building British during these challenging times really is fantastic. As is their new facility, it’s Covid-secure, offers customers the combined and truly unique proposition of tailored events spaces, boating and bespoke lunches. Geared up for both ‘family bubbles’ and more formal/corporate events, the facility is a genuine game changer for the Thames.

“We truly appreciate their custom and wish them then very best of luck with what remains of the Summer season. Each and every business is enduring difficult times at the moment4, that said the way that both Woods and Thames Clippers have ‘future-proofed’ their respective businesses by making the right investments and the right time gives both the industry and Londoners a sense of security. The Thames is becoming an increasingly special, first class, part of London and we’re both pleased and proud to be a part of that ever-expanding community.”

Whilst Thames Clippers have joined in partnership with Uber to offer a waterborne service to match the established car called app, Woods Silver Fleet handles private charter parties on the River Thames for up to 550 people (remember those days?) and a clearly happy Tom Woods, the Managing Director, added:

“We have made significant investments in the last 24 months. The annual Silver Sturgeon refit in Lowestoft and our new quay, Woods Quay, being just two of the aforementioned. Woods Quay is a wonderful space. We’re determined to offer the best, high-end, experience on the Thames whilst at the same time ensure economic pricing, and a ‘family bubble’ model focussing on food, fun, and boating. Our intent is also to offer our corporate customers a totally bespoke, customisable, entertaining and event space. It’s the best London has to offer, and its right on the waterfront”.

Photo: The Silver Sturgeon passes under Southwark Bridge.