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Swansea Drydocks reopens its gates to vessels

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Swansea Drydocks Ltd (SDL) has reopened its gates to vessels after more than three months of closure due to extensive refurbishment.

The 4933 DWT cargo vessel MV “Arklow Raider” was the first vessel to use the upgraded facilities operated by SDL at its base located in ABP’s port of Swansea, UK.

The extensive refurbishment involved major investment in essential infrastructure including caisson, lock gates, impounding pumps, electrical systems and engineering workshops.

The port of Swansea has a long history of ship repair that dates back to the early 20th century.  SDL have signed a long-term lease with ABP and will be using the port’s geographical position to dry dock vessels, of up to 35 000 DWT, that primarily operate in Northern European waters.


This long-term commitment by SDL will continue the legacy of ship repair at the port of Swansea while providing a boost to the local economy in terms of skilled employment and increased demand for specialist materials and services.

The dry docks will also have a positive effect on local trade as vessels dry docking at Swansea will be able to offer shippers and receivers of cargo increased freight opportunities for importing and exporting goods via South Wales.

Callum Couper, Port Manager, ABP South Wales, said: “Swansea has a long history in ship repair and inspection and it is excellent to see this investment made by Swansea Drydocks Limited. It will ensure the port can continue to provide these essential services to ship owners and operators well into the future.”


James Kavanagh, Director, Swansea Drydocks Ltd, added: "We are delighted with the successful refurbishment of our facilities at Swansea and are confident this will allow us to continue to build upon our strong reputation for high-quality ship repair and maintenance of all types of vessel for many more years to come."

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