Our Services – Marine Services Dry Dock

Shepherd Offshore owns and manages one of the largest dry docks on the east coast of the UK. Situated at Neptune Energy Park on the North Bank of the River Tyne, the dry dock is in the heart of the historic Walker and Wallsend shipyards and was part of the former Swan Hunter Shipyard.

Now positioned within a world-class manufacturing cluster, the dry dock is of strategic national interest. Neptune Energy Park offers a vast supportive infrastructure, ensuring high levels of on-sight capacity, as well as capability.

Our flexibility and versatility enable companies wishing to undertake civil construction, decommissioning, fabrications for the energy sectors or the manufacture of GBF’s (gravity based foundations) for the Renewable industry, to hire the dry dock on a project by project basis.

The dry dock also offers a unique opportunity in its location, with the Neptune Energy Park offering a vast supportive infrastructure, as well as impressive on site capability and capacity.


Dock / Berthing Facilities

  • Dry dock 217m x 32m
  • Over 750 metres of tidal repair berthing facilities
  • Both dry the dock and repair berths are fully serviced
  • Over 100,000 m ² of adjacent concrete operational support area
  • Controlled access and egress
  • Heavy load bearing capability adjacent to dry dock
  • Heavy load out quayside up to 700T lift capacity
  • In-house logistics, fabrication, rigging, plant, and cranage support on site
  • On site warehousing and support areas
  • Dockside and facility cranage up to 800 tonnes capability
  • Mobile cranage up to 250T
  • Forklift capacity up to 32T
  • Marine support arrival and embarkation teams
  • Project management teams
  • Dedicated project offices, which include Internet connections, toilets and dedicated car parking.
  • ISPS security approved

Currently, the dry dock is 217m long and 32m wide, with supportive quayside frontage of over 750m. A multi-million pound upgrade of the dock has included a new, adjacent concrete support area of over 52,000m ² that provides opportunities for high-value, load-bearing servicing projects.

Specific Dry dock Characteristics 

  • Length along blocks: 215.798m
  • Length along cope: 217.930m
  • Breadth at entrance: 32,000m
  • Minimum breadth inside: 34,747m
  • Dock cope to dock bottom on C.L.: 11.506m (at entrance)
  • Dock cope to dock bottom on C.L.: 11.506m (at entrance)
  • Dock cope to dock sill on C.L.: 10.236m (at entrance)
  • Dock cope to top of blocks: 10.058m (at entrance)
  • Dock bottom rises (declivity): 1:300

Experienced project support

Dry docks of this type and scale are critical to global industry and play an influential role in defining the UK’s capabilities to service key sectors – including the energy sectors, oil and gas, large scale construction projects, and offshore renewables and decommissioning.

The expansion of our dry dock facility has expanded our service offering, providing greater flexibility and allowing our clients to take on complex projects at the speed and standard that they deserve.

Shepherd Offshore’s flexibility enables companies wishing to undertake civil construction to hire the dry dock on a project-by-project basis.

Our dry dock can accommodate:

  • Subsea tests and demonstrations
  • Engineering, fabrication, research and development work
  • Large & small scale construction and infrastructure projects.
  • Decommissioning projects
  • Manufacture of gravity based foundations (GBFs) for the renewables industry

 In 2017, EDF and BAM Nuttall used our dry dock to build the world’s first bespoke wind turbine gravity bases “GBF’s” with a successful ground breaking design. Each base is made of 1,800m³ of concrete and weighs over 15,000-tonnes. BAM manufactured 5 ground breaking GBF’s in our facility which testament to the Neptune Energy Park and teams involved.”

Charles Shepherd, Managing Director

With a successful recent history of high profile projects using the facility, the capabilities and experience of our teams are exceptional.


Neptune Energy Park dry dock is located within Wallsend and has manned access points and patrolled security. In addition, the site has numerous internal security controls, supported by secure two-metre high perimeter fencing and established ISPS certification and procedures, with dedicated security processes when required.

About Us

We are an established, innovative and driven organisation, working in partnership with employees, suppliers, local government and customers alike and we will stop at nothing to deliver the best solutions and expertise possible. Local teamwork, with global results.

The Company has strategically invested and developed local infrastructure which has directly attracted the Oil and Gas sector, Marine, Renewable Energy providers and Construction Industries to the Region & beyond. All supported and communicated through our many corporate values based on responsible regeneration and partnership working.

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