Penzance Dry Dock was founded in 1834 and not only is it one of the oldest established dry docks in the UK; it is one of the first in Europe. Over the years the shipyard has had many clients, from local fishing vessels to the Ministry of Defence. The Dry Dock operates a 365 day a year service and together with sheltered wet berths and tidal berths, is ideally located at the crossroads of the world's busiest shipping lanes within the UK Southwest.
The Dry Dock facilities provide a complete range of marine services and the workshops are well equipped to complete all first class marine and land based engineering services, refits and conversions for:
- Commercial ships
- Super yachts
The Dry Dock continues to undertake a wide range of work for regular and new clients. Its skilled and experienced workforce offers both short efficient repair schedules as well as complex long term conversions without the need to support a high cost business infrastructure.
New and returning clients are always welcome to the Shipyard and will be offered:
- Modern techniques
- Low overheads
- Flexible working practices
- Commitment to work with customers individually
- High quality low cost timely delivery
- Guaranteed satisfaction.
The Dry Dock is now operated by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group who have been in existence for 90 years and currently own five vessels, one passenger ferry, one general cargo pallet carrier, one general cargo vessel and two inter-island working boats.
The Steamship Group also operate a scheduled airline “Skybus”. Cornwall's longest serving airline has been in operation for over 25 year.
Skybus have six aircraft (three De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters and three Britten Noman Islanders) and more than 60,000 people fly with Skybus every year from six UK airports; Land's End, Newquay, Exeter, Bristol, Southampton and St Mary's.