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Penzance Dry Dock

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.

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Refit, repair conversion and class-approved testing for vessels up to 75m

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.

Engineering works that stand up to time, use and the elements

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

Our facilities

Dry Dock

75m x 12m

Wet Berth


Drying out Berth


Indoor Workshop

50m x 42m

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Marine Facilities
Fitters Workshop
22m x 20m Undercover Welding, Fabrication and Sheet Metal Workshop
Electrical Workshop
Sawmill and Joiners Workshop
Upholstery Workshop
Fuel Injection Workshop
Blacksmiths Workshop
Clean room Workshop (Dedicated to Engine rebuilds and Hydraulic repairs)
Engineering Facilities
Profiling Facility : 8mx3m sheets up to 150mm thick
Oxy Propane and Plasma
UHP and Painting facility
Large secure store facility
Portable welding equipment (TIG, MIG, MMA)
Portable cutting and gauging equipment (Gas, Plasma and Carbon Arc)
Forklifts and cranes


Some of our work

Scillonian III Refit

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

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.

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Gry Maritha. Urgent repairs

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

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.

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Hull cleaning & anti-fouling

Marine and Towage Services

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.

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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.

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