GPS Marine confirms take over of Ramsgate Slipway 1

Ramsgate's slipway 1 Photo Mark Stanford

GPS Marine has confirmed that it has taken over the operation of Ramsgate Slipway 1 to enhance its in-house capabilities.

The slipway will be used for the repair and maintenance of its fleet of MPVs, tugs, barges, and pontoons, and to ensure the continued operation of the facility for the wider maritime sector.

EAPL (European Active Projects Ltd)  ceased its boat repair operations at the slipway in January but GPS Marine has stepped into the void.

Gary Spencer, Technical Director at GPS Marine, said: “Ramsgate Slipway 1 provides GPS Marine with a dedicated facility to perform out of water maintenance and repair works on its vessels. This initiative aligns with the company’s commitment to ensuring that it maintains the highest standards of safety, reliability, and efficiency for its fleet in a cost-effective manner.

“We are delighted to be operating the Ramsgate Slipway 1 facility, which is not only an important maritime asset for Ramsgate, and users of the port, but also one that will significantly increase GPS Marine’s ability to repair and maintain its own fleet.

“Gaining operational control over the out of water repair and maintenance of most of the vessels in our fleet strengthens our ability to deliver the highest standards of fleet reliability and efficiency for our clients.”

9 Comments

  1. Great news that the slipway will continue to be utilised.

    But will we ever see the likes of the Medway Queen on this slipway again? Or is it now for the exclusive use of their own vessels?

  2. I quote from the article: “The slipway will be used for the repair and maintenance of its fleet of MPVs, tugs, barges, and pontoons, and to ensure the continued operation of the facility for the wider maritime sector.”
    Does that answer your question ?

    • Sorry, Phil, it doesn’t answer my question.
      The phrase “for the wider maritime sector” sounded promising but the rest of the article referred to in-house usage.

      …its in-house capabilities
      …a dedicated facility…
      …repair and maintenance of its fleet
      …maintenance and repair works on its vessels
      …and efficiency for its fleet in a cost-effective manner.
      …repair and maintain its own fleet

      • You asked if it were for exclusive use, they told you to read the article in which it states they’ll be servicing the wider maritime sector.

        Which bit are you really struggling with?

        • Thanks, “anon”, I have read the article. Including the phrase “dedicated facility”. What does the word dedicated mean to you?

  3. This is ‘back to the future’ when William Watkins owned Claxtons and used No.1 as the dedicated repair and refit base for their tugs – including Cervia.

  4. When GPS Marine made the decision to go into this. They could only base the financial decision on what they knew ie had they enough work in-house to pay the bills. Work from outside could and would be benifit but I doubt outside businesses would be prepared at this stage to say, they’ll bring work to them.

  5. It’s making “best use” of an existing facility, and will have jobs for a skilled workforce.
    It will continue to dovetail into a working harbour. Yes of course they will use the slipway for their own vessels, which is better for Ramsgate, than having them have to go further afield for maintenance…Yes, there is likely to be capacity for other vessels to utilise the facilities too.
    What’s not to like ?

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