Burgess Marine has successfully 
launched the 65m motoryacht Shemara from its ship lift facility at the top of 
Portsmouth Harbour. Shemara Refit LLP completed the refit in just over three 
years at the ex Vosper-Thornycroft yard in Portchester. 

The vessel transited to the lift on 13th April and was launched 16th April from Burgess Marine’s 1000T Rolls Royce syncrolift ship lift and has preceded 
under tow to the Port of Southampton for final fit out, commissioning and sea trials. The 
tow has been facilitated by Williams Shipping. 

Burgess Marine is one of over 200 local 
subcontractors to have supported Shemara Refit LLP. Burgess Marine provided specialist support and personnel to Shemara Refit LLP for 
structural and fabrication works, mechanical works and pipefitting. Peter Morton, the 
owner of Shemara Refit LLP comments:  “Burgess Marine has been an important 
partner in this project from the moment we took ownership of the vessel in Lowestoft in 

Credit: Jake Sugden 2014

Burgess Marine’s Portchester facility has seen major investment since the company 
acquired Testbank Ship Repair in January 2013; the channel and syncrolift ‘pit’ have 
been extensively dredged by Jenkins Marine allowing vessels up to a maximum draft of 
4.5m to utilise the ship lift. In line with further major investment in Trafalgar Wharf the 
wires, bearings and winches have all been overhauled and the sites infrastructure has 
been significantly improved.

Burgess Marine’s General Manager in Portchester, Mr. Karl Kerry, comments: “The 
investment in the site has been well thought through and is substantial - we’ve spent 
over £250k on the footprint to both allow increased draft vessels up on to the ship lift and 
to better support our regular customers," comments 
Burgess Marine’s general manager in Portchester, Karl Kerry.

"The facility at 
Trafalgar Wharf is of obvious longer-term strategic significance to us - the increased 
draft now allows us to seek new customers and better support existing clients," Nicholas Warren, Burgess Marine’s managing director adds. “BAE 
Systems, Serco, the MoD, Wightlink and the Gosport Ferry will benefit from our 
investment as too will numerous other local and national operators. Portchester, and the 
South Coast, needs more ship repair custom and I genuinely do hope that this major 
investment will help, as will the positive publicity surrounding today’s successful launch 
of MY Shemara and the continuing major refit works onboard the 57m MY Tacanuya”. 

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