Burgess Marine facilitated the substantial refit of Lord Sugar's Superyacht, MY Lady A, at our ship lift facility in Portchester, Portsmouth in the winter of 2015/16. The vessel, (ex Southern Cross III, Emihar Chios and Indian Princess) was built in 1986 in Japan with interior and exterior styling by Bannenberg & Rowell Design. She is 55m LOA, with an 11.8m beam and a 4m draft. As one of the ‘iconic’ Superyachts of a generation Burgess Marine undertook the project to both modernise her exterior profile and also to overhaul her key mechanical and operational systems.
The vessel arrived in Portsmouth from San Remo and after a short layover in the Commercial Port docked on Burgess Marine’s 1000T Rolls Royce syncrolift. Burgess Marine attended the vessel inthe Mediterranean pre her arrival and offered support on the delivery run to the UK. The planned package of works included minor structural, mechanical and electrical modifications, and the installation of new Quantum stabilisers. The refit also included modifications and improvements to both the interior and exterior styling, and a new external paint scheme.
The vessel underwent a significant 10-month refit at our Portsmouth shipyard, completed in June 2016. Alongside structural, mechanical and electrical modifications, she also underwent an exterior facelift, now sporting a light grey hull and slight changes to her profile including an extended aft deck and upgraded tender cranage.
Burgess Marine provided technical management and assistance direct to the Owners’ team throughout the refit whilst also completing the structural, mechanical and electrical works packages together with the provision of yard services and refit infrastructure. We clearly demonstrated our ability to both manage our own sub-contractors and those requested directly by the Owners team.
Having successfully sea trialled the vessel we supplied a technical riding crew to assist in the delivery back to the owner. We continue to support MY Lady A in service today wherever in the world she sails; our aspiration is to provide through life support wherever possible to include not only engineering services but also marine procurement.
MY Lady A undocked from our Portsmouth shipyard in June 2016 and set sail for the Mediterranean having undergonesea trials locally. The refit was a great success and testimony to the flexibility that we can offer Owners in terms of the ‘Owner managed’ refit environment provided with Burgess Marine providing core ship repair skills, yard services and project management whilst other works are sub-contracted by the ‘Owners team’ elsewhere.
Lord Sugar gave testimony to this sentiment and said: “refitting Lady A at home in the UK was a real, genuine, pleasure. The team at Burgess Marine know their stuff and the quality of the end product is simply outstanding. Owners that have made their money in the UK should definitely consider spending it in the UK with the likes of Burgess Marine; British engineering and workmanship is something to be really very proud of - on the South Coast there’s the ‘know how’ and passion to make the most challenging refit a reality.”
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