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Thames Operators Buy British with SMS Group

Confidence returns to London’s maritime sector as Woods Silver Fleet

and Thames Clippers back Britain’s marine engineering sector

The SMS Group has benefitted from the support of Woods Silver Fleet – refitting the Silver Sturgeon in Lowestoft and fabricating their new Central London facility, Woods Quay, in Southampton.

The SMS Group has an enviable reputation as specialists in ship repair, marine engineering and major fabrication projects in the Commercial Marine, Defence, Cruise and Superyachts sectors.

Works on both the Silver Sturgeon and Woods Quay were safety undertaken during lockdown.

Both projects are now complete with Woods Quay recently hosting the launch of the newly rebranded Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.

Thames Clippers vessels are built by The SMS Group’s sister Co. The Wight Shipyard in Cowes – another example of buying and building British.

Referencing the Woods Quay project Nicholas Warren, 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”.

Nicholas concluded by saying: “Each and every business is enduring difficult times at the moment.

“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 part of that ever-expanding community.”

Tom Woods, the Managing Director of Woods Sliver Fleet, 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."

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