New London Compass Workshop

With over 200 years of experience in the construction and servicing of marine navigation aids John Lilley & Gillie are the premier Repairs at our compass workshopcompass company in the UK. As both the last manufacture of type approved marine compasses in addition to the best service capacity including compass adjustments and repairs.


As part of the commitment to providing the best possible service to vessels across the UK we have expanded their compass service department. Retaining our existing office in the North of England we have also opened a new workshop in London. From here we can attend vessels in in the South of England, Wales, Northern France and anywhere else that is requiring the service.

Our fully trained MCA compass adjuster, Adam Norris, will operate out of the London workshop. 

Senior compass adjuster Bryan Robertson carries out an adjustment

From there he will be able to attend vessels to perform compass adjustments or carry out repairs in the fully stocked workshop.

This investments confirms Lilley & Gillies commitment to the magnetic compass.

If the service is required contact Adam Norris via email or phone.

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To comply with SOLAS and MCA regulations, you must ensure compasses are adjusted at least every two years by a qualified compass adjuster. Failure to do so may cause danger to shipping in general and delays to your vessel by order of Port State Control Inspectors.


The unique properties of the Magnetic Compass

Why the magnetic compass is still of vital importance

When I joined John Lilley & Gillie in 2004, the company had recently bought a 50% shareholding in a software company with the intention of producing its own ECDIS – the Navmaster ECDIS. Then, I was very quickly introduced to a former owner and MD of the company, who gave me a copy of a report he had written, which demonstrated the importance and unique properties of the magnetic compass. It was a good lesson in understanding the importance and functionality of both electronic and traditional methods of navigation and one that continues to be relevant today.

Whilst this is now 16 years ago, the relevance is still valid.



As you will be aware the Coronavirus is not only affecting personal life, but businesses as well.

Therefore, we feel it is necessary to set out some expectations of what support you will receive from John Lilley & Gillie to try and keep your business running as smooth as possible.

How we are helping ourselves to help you:


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