Pump Hire

Pump Hire For Marinas, Docks & Ports

If you have installed units you might need a pump while they are being maintained or repaired, or maybe to supplement their operation for a period of time. Perhaps you need a pump for a specific project such as dredging or slipway jetting.

Our Experience

We pride ourselves on designing and implementing the most affordable yet efficient pump systems for our customer’s specific circumstances. For decades, our staff have developed and nurtured an unsurpassed level of proficiency, which is why we are the preferred supplier of pump hire solutions to the marine industry.

The range of pumps available for hire means that we can supply the most cost effective solution for your need. Whether you require a small submersible pump to empty a vessel, or a fully engineered solution involving high performance pumps for more complicated maintenance projects, we have the experience to provide you with exactly what you require. Our experience means that we have been involved with projects including lock gate repair, dredging, limpet dewatering and dock draw down as well as utilising our pumps to provide fire protection to some of the world’s largest ships while they are under repair.

We understand the need to hire pumps can arise unexpectedly and that a number of factors must be considered before these are deployed at your location. That’s why we offer our clients no obligation site surveys at times convenient to you, in order to ascertain the most appropriate course of action. Our round-the-clock cover sets us apart from competitors and ensures customers continue to receive the premium service they have come to expect.

With the most extensive range of quality equipment stocked across our nationwide depot network, we can be relied upon to accommodate your needs on any scale. Our team of specialists take concerted steps to work alongside the client to achieve preordained targets, while adhering to budget constraints and other restrictions.


At Sykes Pumps, we have been dispatching and commissioning turnkey systems for more than 150 years. During this time, our constant involvement in excavation programmes has helped us become established as the country’s number one supplier of specialist hire units to the marine industry. We fully understand the specific requirements of harbours, ports and other areas with shallow water, and have the capacity to handle enquiries all year round.

To ensure waterways are always passable and fit for purpose, we provide pump hire packages which remove sediment as quickly as possible ensuring the impact on the day to day running of your business is kept to a minimum.

Our electrical and hydraulic submersible pumps are well-suited to docks and similar applications because of their ability to handle abrasive materials with a high solid content. They have been specifically designed to move fluid which has a high viscosity, underlining their adaptability to a number of surroundings.

In addition to using our pumps for dredging our customers also use them when undertaking lock gate repairs and limpet dewatering. As a company, we also take our environmental obligations extremely seriously, whether that be utilising float systems to minimise engine running or using fully bunded, super silenced pumps to reduce noise.

Auxiliary Support

As well as full-scale assignments such as dredging, we can also provide pump hire solutions for projects including water transfers and temporary supplies. We deliver complete solutions for a range of specialist environments and the temporary supply of water to vessels in dock is one such application.

The provision of high pressure pumps as a temporary fire main is a highly specialised operation and one in which we have considerable experience. The supply and set up of the pumps is just one aspect of this critical application with head and flow calculations key to the project’s success.

Prior to distribution, our pumps are subjected to rigorous testing to ensure they are functioning at full capacity, before being installed on your site. This guarantees that all equipment operates at the expected level and reduces the risk of future breakdown. To ensure this situation continues throughout the length of the hire, an engineer inspects the pumps on site every fourteen days, undertaking routine maintenance and offering advice to our clients to guarantee their continued, trouble free operation.

Whether you have a looming need for hired units or simply seek more information about who we are and what we do, call us today on 0800 211 611. Unlike other hire companies, at Sykes Pumps you can speak to real industry experts 24 hours a day. Alternatively, complete an online enquiry form and a member of our contact team will follow up your request.

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Our range

General Purpose Pumps

Our automatic self-priming GP pumps can handle clean water, sludge and slurry, offering flexible solutions in a multitude of scenarios

Super Silenced Range

The Sykes range of silenced pumps provides clients with a number of durable units suitable for deployment in noise-sensitive applications

High Performance

Capable of flow rates of up to 375 l/s, these high performance pumps are ideal for specialist applications including jetting, pipe flushing and firefighting

Bentonite Pumps

Our Bentonite range features heavy duty pumps that have been manufactured with slurries and testing environments in mind

Submersible Drainage Pumps

Offering variable capacities and easy handling, our submersible drainage range is frequently used on quarries, mines and shipyards

Submersible Wastewater

Featuring more than twenty unique pumps, our submersible wastewater range offers cost-efficient pumping with flow rates up to 440 l/s

Submersible Sludge Pumps

Sykes’ submersible sludge pumps are intended for applications where the fluid present contains solids or has a higher viscosity than water

Hydraulic Submersible

Strong and lightweight, our hydraulic submersible pumps are perfect for hazardous environments where suction lifts exceed nine metres

Air Pumps

Known as pneumatic pumps, these hardwearing air units are recognised for their exceptional reliability and capacity to operate dry

Hoses and Accessories

We stock a full range of ancillary equipment including hoses, valves, control panels, steel pipes, polythene tubing, flow metres and road ramps

Environmental Equipment

This modern range allows clients to uphold their environmental responsibilities and move water, wastewater and sludge in sensitive areas