Where the Western Approaches meet the English Channel, Europe's first dry dock is well equipped for a full range of refit, repair and engineering services.
Since 1834, the marine engineers at Europe’s oldest dry dock have been known for their outstanding attention to detail, good humour and sound, down-to-earth advice. Perfectly located at the UK’s south western tip, Penzance Dry Dock is fully equipped for all kinds of marine engineering, with an experienced team and skilled contractors on hand.
It’s not only aboard ship where a knack for sturdy, corrosion-resistant engineering comes in useful. From structural steelwork to seafront railings, you’ll find our handiwork wherever something’s built to take a beating, and last. All our work is carried out to ISO9001 standards, by experienced engineers, in our fully-equipped engineering workshop.
Europe’s oldest working dry dock: time-honoured engineering, old-fashioned service… and the very latest technology
75m x 12m
50m x 42m
From deck strengthening and steelwork to new coffee shops and disabled access, Penzance Dry Dock lovingly prepared this 1977 passenger ferry for many more years of service. For eight months each year, the Scillonian III ferries up to 485 passengers between Cornwall and Scilly.
In winter, the Gry Maritha is Scilly’s only scheduled sea connection. Penzance Dry Dock worked around the clock to give the islands their lifeline back. The day before new year’s eve 2013, the Gry Maritha struck crow rock, half a mile out of St Mary’s Harbour, causing hull damage to the starboard side.
Marine and Towage Services based in Falmouth are an independently owned company providing a wide range of marine services from towage, salvage and civil engineering support. Penzance Dry Dock worked on a project of hull cleaning and anti-fouling which was finished to a high standard.
Since 1834, Penzance Dry Dock has offered engineering services to vessels of all sizes, at the corner of one of Europe’s busiest shipping lanes. Today, the facility is part of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group: one of Cornwall’s biggest employers.