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Burgess Marine improves service offering and partners in a framework agreement with Houlder

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Burgess Marine managing director Nick Warren

Burgess Marine CEO Nick Warren

Britain’s largest independent ship repairer and marine engineering services provider Burgess Marine has improved its service offering by obtaining third party accreditation to CE Mark structural steel and aluminium fabrications, and by signing a framework agreement with design firm Houlder.

CE Marking has become mandatory for all construction products where the product is covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN).

BS EN 1090 is one such harmonised standard which covers structural steel and aluminium fabrication.

Since July 2014, products within the scope of this standard must be CE Marked.

Companies producing structural steel or aluminium fabrications which are being sold in the UK or the wider European Economic Area are legally required to CE Mark the product.

Main contractors and end clients could face prosecution for not ensuring CE Marked structural steelwork and aluminium is used on their projects.


Failure to comply is a criminal offence and risks invalidating project insurance and warranties.

All clients and contractors should ensure that they specify only CE Marked structural steelwork and aluminium fabrications from properly certified contractors.

Burgess Marine is now accredited to CE Mark its structural steel and aluminium fabrication work due to third party assessment of factory production control systems by BSI (British Standards Institute) at its Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton and Poole facilities.

This development ensures that Burgess Marine is able to continue to fully service the requirements of its customers with shore based infrastructure such as ferry, ports and facilities operators within the legal requirements of BS EN 1090.

Nicholas Warren, the CEO of Burgess Marine, said: “There is still a considerable lack of industrial knowledge in the UK surrounding the legal requirement to CE Mark structural steel and aluminium fabrication – especially amongst our competitors and on occasion customers.

“Many companies that continue to carry out such works now do so, illegally and unlawfully, outside the parameters of a strict factory production control system.

“This accreditation is another step in the professional development of the business which sets us apart and serves as a further example of our commitment to offer customers a quality product that meets all regulatory and product safety requirements.”

He added that ‘times are changing and the industry needs to catch up’.

A further professional advancement for Burgess Marine is the formalisation of its long standing relationship with designer Houlder through the signing of a structured framework agreement.

The two companies have worked in partnership on numerous projects for almost twenty years, including extensive works in the commercial and defence sectors as well as some high profile superyacht projects.

Burgess Marine’s extensive service offering is now more formally complemented by Houlder’s design support, meaning that customers truly need not go elsewhere for any engineering problem.

Houlder has a wealth of experience supporting ferry operators with new build designs, upgrades and conversions.

New builds include vessels for the Gosport Ferry Company, Wightlink and CalMac Ferries.

The company has also undertaken, in partnership with Burgess Marine, major conversion and upgrade works for Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Condor Ferries.

Additionally Houlder has worked alongside Burgess Marine in the support of refit works to superyachts such as MY Shemara, MY Lady A and MY Lady S.

Working with Houlder in support, Burgess Marine is now able to offer its customers a single point of contact for all design and build services in the maritime sector.

CE Mark: CE Marking is the abbreviation of the French phrase Conformité Européene, which means ‘European Conformity’. It shows that a product complies with European health, safety and environmental protection legislation.

Burgess Marine:

Burgess Marine is at the forefront of the specialised marine engineering and services industry, having earned a worldwide reputation as experts in all aspects of structural repairs and renewals as well as mechanical repairs both above and below the waterline.

With workshops and offices in Lowestoft, Dover, Portsmouth, Portchester, Southampton, Poole, Avonmouth, Devonport, and within STP Palma the business is ideally located not only to support the UK’s largest passenger ports, but also shipping in general throughout the United Kingdom and Superyacht’s based in Western Mediterranean.

From its head office in Dover, Burgess Marine also provides highly skilled teams capable of carrying out planned refits and emergency works worldwide, having worked extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Far East, North America, South America and the Caribbean.

The business has three further tranches; it focuses on marine procurement for the Superyacht, commercial and cruise ship sectors via Global New Builds and Global Services, it builds workboats under the ‘Meercat Workboats’ brand from a dedicated new build location in Hythe, Southampton, and technically supports the operation of Superyachts under the ‘Trafalgar Yacht Support’ brand.

The combined marine engineering experience of the Directors and Technical Management within Burgess Marine exceeds some 250 years; it is this level of knowledge and experience, together with complete commitment, that gives customers total peace of mind and Burgess Marine the leading edge.

Burgess Marine is committed to operating within the parameters of leading international management system standards and is therefore accredited to ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environmental) and BS OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety) respectively.

Additionally, accreditations are held with Bureau Veritas and DNV in relation to Diving Operations. More recently, Burgess Marine has embarked on the journey to gain ‘fit for nuclear’ (F4N) status with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). Burgess Marine operates across multiple industrial sectors and therefore maintains approval with JOSCAR (aerospace, defence and security sectors), Achilles UVDB (utilities sector) and PICS (aggregrates sector). Click here to view all accreditations and policies.

Website: www.burgessmarine.co.uk

Contact number: 0845 8732 222.

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