Ship repair specialist Burgess Marine in the UK has secured a substantial winter refit onboard Lady A. The 55m motoryacht belongs to English business magnate Alan Sugar. Financial details of the refit were not released.

The vessel (ex-Southern Cross III, Emihar Chios and Indian Princess) was built in 1986 in Japan with interior and exterior styling by Jon Bannenberg. Lady A is 55m with an 11.8m beam and a 4m draft.

The vessel arrived in Portsmouth from San Remo on September 5th. After a short layover in the commercial port, she docked on Burgess Marine’s 1000T Rolls Royce syncrolift last Saturday. Burgess Marine’s ship lift is located at Trafalgar Wharf, Portchester.

The planned package of works includes minor structural, mechanical and electrical modifications, and the installation of new Naiad stabilisers.

The refit will also include modifications and improvements to both the interior and exterior styling, and a new external paint scheme.

Nicholas Warren, managing director of Burgess Marine, comments: “The fact that Lord Sugar, such a well-known entrepreneur, business magnate and self-made man, has chosen to bring his boat back to the UK’s South Coast for a refit is great, great news.

“He’s a very experienced owner and charterer; we look forward to working with the owner’s team and delivering the boat back to the client on time and on budget.”

The project is being directly managed by the owner’s team with Burgess Marine acting as the primary contractor in partnership with Shemara Refit. Design and naval architecture support is being provided by Houlder.

Ray Cutts, the company’s technical director, explains: “The docking was a complete success with everything going exactly to plan.

“MY Lady A is a wonderful yacht and we genuinely look forward to working with the Shemara Refit team on another unique and seriously exciting project.”

Simultaneously Burgess Marine is completing refit works on-board motoryacht Tacanuya, in Portchester, and the new build of the eagerly anticipated Glider Yachts prototype.