The Port of Lowestoft has come to play an increasingly important role in supporting North Sea oil and gas operations and the renewable-energy sector. SLP Engineering Ltd. offers extensive facilities for the construction of large topside deck structures and jackets destined for the North Sea and other oil and gas fields. SLP Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SLP Engineering Ltd, was established to provide dedicated solutions for the growing needs of the renewable-energy markets. AKD Engineering also offers fabrication facilities within the inner harbour. A wide range of facilities is available at Lowestoft for handling containers, bulk and general cargoes. The port is a major centre for servicing the offshore oil, gas and rapidly-expanding renewable-energy industries. Rig structures and modules are fabricated at facilities located in both the port's inner and outer harbours. Extensive ship-repair facilities, including a dry dock and slipways, are also located at the port.