Britain’s largest independent ship repairer and marine engineering services provider Burgess Marine has announced further growth in East Anglia as the Lowestoft maritime sector booms.

The firm acquired the Small & Co shipyard on Commercial Road in Lowestoft in October 2015. The business operates a 76.5m by 14.5m dry dock and a 70m layby berth at the site, which is in the ABP owned and operated Port of Lowestoft.

After a restructure earlier this year, the team at Burgess Marine Lowestoft have successfully grown the business in support of key customers such as Boston Putford, Fugro, Windcat Workboats, Dover Harbour Board and numerous major commercial, civil and tourist operators on the Thames.

ecently the business has completed major refit works for the UK Border Force in Malta.

It is now supporting two significant projects – the docking of Incat 057 in Cherbourg and the launch of a 30m x 12m x 1.7m pontoon, built locally in the old Brook Marine fabrication shed, weighing approximately 110T.

Both of these projects are of major significance and total circa £2 million of contract value.

Paul Kirby, the general manager of Burgess Marine Lowestoft, said: “Having successfully restructured the business earlier this year it’s great to see further growth locally and we are clearly benefiting by being part of the bigger Burgess Marine business.

“To have built the Thames pontoon here in Lowestoft is fantastic and furthermore the team have greatly enjoyed supporting works in both Malta and today in France.”

Burgess Marine leases land from ABP in Southampton and Lowestoft. Recently its sister company Meercat Workboats built the Port of Southampton a 15m workboat.