The Motor Yacht SHEMARA, once famously owned by Sir Bernard and Lady Docker is to undergo a major, Class approved, restoration and refit program of works on the UK’s South Coast, at Trafalgar Wharf, Portchester, Portsmouth. She is pictured here under-tow (© Jake Sugden 2010) arriving in Portsmouth with another Burgess Marine maintained commercial passenger vessel, Incat 057, Brittany Ferries HSC the ‘Normandie Express’ as a back drop.
Burgess Marine, having completed a DNV approved hull and underwater dive survey of the Classic Motor Yacht in Lowestoft in October 2010 has been assisting the Project Team from the outset. Having successfully towed the ship to Porchester the Project Team has Seconded Burgess Marine’s Technical Director, Mr Ray Cutts, to a permanent project team role responsible for marine engineering, structural repairs and renewals, and mechanical installation.
The yacht SHEMARA was built in 1938 in Southampton by JJ Thorneycroft & Co. She is a riveted steel hulled vessel, some 212ft in length. The project has the potential to represent a major element of Burgess Marine’s ship repair and refit work between 2012 and 2013.
Mr Cutts comments “to be part of such a unique and challenging project is personally very exciting, but moreover it’s great news for Burgess Marine. We look forward to overcoming the challenges and playing a big part in creating the finished article. She will be one of the most eagerly anticipated refits of her genre”.
Mr Nicholas Warren, Burgess Marine’s Managing Director, goes on to say “working so closely, in a truly integrated fashion with the Project Team is fantastic. In recent years we’ve completed works for Southampton Yacht Services, Pendennis, HYS, Trimline Superyacht Interiors, and onboard the charter yacht Infinity, the sailing yacht Hetairos, the J Class S.Y. Velsheda, and the M.V. Bystander, but nothing on this scale in the Superyacht sector. The project is a once in a lifetime challenge, a unique opportunity, and a significant step forward for both Burgess Marine and independent Superyacht refit works here in the UK. We all believe that this refit will change the way Owners look at the major overhauls of their yachts, and that’s a very exciting prospect”.
Burgess Marine, with facilities in Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton and Poole, provides International mobile ship-care teams, is available 24/7, 365 days of the year, and is ISO9001/2008 BSI accredited, and a DNV approved service supplier.