30 October 2011

Welcome to Swansea Drydocks!

Since April 2011, when we took over the lease of the site, we have been working hard on making refurbishments, concreting the site, gaining our certificates and permissions, buying equipment and making contacts in the world of ship repair and recycling.  We are just about ready to begin.  Please keep coming back to the website for news updates, new photos and job postings.

Press release, 25 October 2011

About the Company:

Swansea Drydocks’ history of ship repair dates back to the early 20th century. Prince of Wales Dry Dock 2, previously known as Palmers Dry Dock, was established in 1923, and Prince of Wales Dry Dock 1, formerly known as the Duke of Edinburgh Dry Dock, was built in 1958. Historically, the dry docks have been operated by a number of companies, including CH Bailey, Prince of Wales Dry Dock Company, Trushippers, Bristol Channel Ship Repairers, Uglands, George Prior Engineering and Harris Pye, until the acquisition by the Dunn family to create Swansea Drydocks Ltd.

Until recently, the family owned and managed Dunn Brothers (1995) Ltd, one of the largest metal recyclers in the UK. The company, which was originally set up in 1962 by Alan Dunn and his brothers, was restructured in 1995, when sons Karl and David Dunn joined the business. Dunn Brothers (1995) invested strongly in modern technology and owned seven recycling centres in the Midlands, South Wales, South East England, and South West England. In both 2005 and 2007 the company won the Queen's Award for Enterprise, International Trade and in 2009, was recognised as a Sunday Times Top Track 250 company. In May 2011, the company was sold to Sims Metal, enabling Alan Dunn (Chairman), Karl Dunn (Managing Director) and David Dunn (Operations Director), to focus on developing and growing the dry docks company.

Once operational Swansea Drydocks will offer complete lifecycle services, from surveys, ongoing maintenance and repairs through to recycling end of life vessels. We are currently in the process of establishing the BS EN ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007, which we aim to achieve by Q1 of 2012.

With our newly refurbished facilities and convenient location in the Port of Swansea we offer an attractive proposition to ship owners seeking high quality, reliable and environmentally responsible services.

Building on Swansea’s history of marine engineering craftsmanship, Swansea Drydocks’ vision is to create a world class ship repair and recycling facility that conforms to European standards for quality, environment and health and safety. Our services cover the full life cycle of a ship, from preparing the Inventory of Hazardous Materials and ongoing repair and maintenance, through to end of life ship recycling.


Swansea Drydocks offers 3 main services:

1. Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)
2. Ship Repair, Maintenance and Conversion Services
3. Ship Recycling

1. Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)

The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships was adopted in May 2009, with the aim of improving standards of safety and reducing environmental pollution resulting from the recycling of ships.

The IHM – also known as the Green Passport - is currently voluntary, however once the convention is in place owners of all new and existing ships weighing over 500GT will be required to maintain the inventory. The IHM provides information on the hazardous materials present on board, in order to protect health and safety and to prevent environmental pollution at ship recycling facilities. This information is used by recycling facilities to decide how to manage the types and amounts of materials identified in the IHM. The IHM accompanies the ship throughout its operating life and incorporates all relevant design and equipment changes, with the final owner delivering the document, with the ship, to the recycling facility. Swansea Drydocks will soon offer shipyards and owners IHM services for both new and existing ships.

Services include:

  • Managing the IHM survey process
  • Completing the IHM and coordinating with the ship’s classification society
  • Coordinating IHM surveys with other surveys requirements
  • Making recommendations for ongoing reduction of hazardous materials in line with legislation, policy and end-of-life strategy
  • Planned IHM alterations, coordinated with annual maintenance and repair activities
  • Continual through life management, through to final disposal
2. Ship Repair, Maintenance and Conversion Services

  • Routine docking work for hull coating renewal, other required underwater work, repairs, steelwork renewals and major refits.
  • Damage repairs, where extensive work, particularly to the ship’s structure, may be required. SDL offers comprehensive machining and manufacturing facilities, with machine and rebuilds undertaken.
  • Conversions, involving refitting ships for a different use.
3. Ship Recycling:

Swansea Drydocks will offer environmentally responsible ship recycling services, including:

  • Surveys: Hazardous chemicals surveys, investigation of tank and fuel systems, asbestos surveys, vessel surveys
  • Planning: Ballast management plan, asbestos contaminated materials removal plan, method statements for the removal of all hazardous wastes from the vessel, dismantling plan
  • Towing and dry docking
  • Wet berth or dry dock hazardous waste/asbestos contaminated materials removal
  • Tank and pipe cleaning
  • Recovery of reusable materials and equipment
  • Dry dock dismantling, hull cutting and scrap metal processing


Swansea Drydocks is situated in the Port of Swansea and easily accessible by the major shipping routes including the Atlantic, English Channel, Irish Sea and Bristol Channel.

Located in the Kings Dock which forms part of Swansea Bay, the site comprises two main operational areas connected by a road. The main area provides the Prince of Wales dry docks, waste processing and storage facilities as well as buildings, infrastructure and parking. The second area, which is located in the Queen’s Dock Basin, provides the Phoenix Wharf Repairing Berth, and additional waste storage facilities will be developed in the future.

The facility’s 2 dry docks are large enough to accept most ships:

Prince of Wales Dry Dock 1
Length: 204.5m
Breadth: 27.8m

Prince of Wales Dry Dock 2
Length: 170.7m
Breadth: 22.36m

In addition, vessels of up to 266m in length can be accommodated at the repair berth.

The normal water level in the King’s and Queen’s Docks is 10.5m, therefore capable of accommodating very large draft ships.

Contact Details:

Swansea Drydocks Ltd
Prince of Wales Drydocks

Tel: 01792 654592
Registration number: 6925673

Source: Swansea Dry Docks Website

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