Here at MPS Vintage Diesels we have over 50 years experience working in the marine and industrial service sectors. All work is carried out by fully qualified engineers. We also take real pride in what we do as we are also true enthusiasts for these old engines in any application.
In late 2000 due to a growing demand for the reconditioning/restoration of many british built diesel engines (including Lister, Gardner, Kelvin, Dorman, Perkins) still in use in the local commercial and fishing fleets Martyn set up what was to become Marine Power Services (Later MPS Vintage Diesels).
BSc (Hons) Design Engineering
After the closure of the shipyard in mid 1998 he moved to one off the UK's premier superyacht manufacturers where he gained further knowledge of modern high speed diesel engines while carrying out engine room fitouts on these vessels. In 2001 needing more of a challange Martyn went to work for the UK's foremost maritime rescue service initially as a maintenance engineer and then in 2004, combined with a return to university, he moved internally to design engineering. This is where he still works today designing and developing the next generations of lifeboats.
BSc (Hons) Mechanical Project Engineering
Geoff started his working career as an apprentice boilermaker/plant fitter with a large local group of companies in the 1960’s. The group owned three road haulage companies all running Gardner engined trucks, a watercress bed, a large building contractors and a piling company. Some of the plant was still steam powered and the vintage engine types we restore today were still in everyday use! A great place to train! A move into contractors plant followed in the 70s before nearly twenty years in the oil industry with BP. Still lots of diesels, just in worse places!. For the last twenty years the day job has been as a Mechanical Project Engineer within the nuclear de-commissioning industry where a main role has been the conversion of micro JCB's into robotic machines capable of submerged working within fuel storage ponds.
A lifelong interest in railways and canals has led to owning a fleet of locomotives over the years and the restoration of Listers for canal use. The master plan was to cut down the day job en route to early retirement. Fat chance of that with an ever increasing workload of vintage marine engines to deal with ! It seems that MPS Vintage Diesels will provide still more Listers and Gardners to restore for years to come!