About us

Swansea Drydocks' history of ship repair dates back to the early 20th century. Prince of Wales Dry Dock 2, previously known as Palmers Dry Dock, was established in 1923, and Prince of Wales Dry Dock 1, formerly known as the Duke of Edinburgh Dry Dock, was built in 1958.

Historically, the dry docks have been operated by a number of companies, including CH Bailey, Prince of Wales Dry Dock Company, Trushippers, Bristol Channel Ship Repairers, Uglands, George Prior Engineering and Harris Pye, until the acquisition by the Dunn family to create Swansea Drydocks Ltd.

Until recently, the family owned and managed Dunn Brothers (1995) Ltd, one of the largest metal recyclers in the UK. The company, which was originally set up in 1962 by Alan Dunn and his brothers, was restructured in 1995, when sons Karl and David Dunn joined the business. Dunn Brothers (1995) invested strongly in modern technology and owned seven recycling centres in the Midlands, South Wales, South East England, and South West England. In both 2005 and 2007 the company won the Queen's Award for Enterprise, International Trade and in 2009, was recognised as a Sunday Times Top Track 250 company.  In May 2011, the company was sold to Sims Metal, enabling Alan Dunn (Chairman), Karl Dunn (Managing Director) and David Dunn (Operations Director), to focus on developing and growing the dry docks company.

Today Swansea Drydocks offers complete lifecycle services, from surveys, ongoing maintenance and repairs through to recycling end of life vessels. We achieved BS EN ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 certification in April 2012.

With our newly refurbished facilities and convenient location in the Port of Swansea we offer an attractive proposition to ship owners seeking high quality, reliable and environmentally responsible services.

Substantial and continued investment in facilities, resources and people


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