More German Shipowners Look to Gibdock for Repairs

By George Backwell
Monday, September 01, 2014
Richard Beards: Photo Gibdock

Gibdock remarks it has continued to see its stock rise amongst the German shipowner community over the past year. Indeed the Gibraltar ship repair yard’s recent client list reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of leading German shipowners and managers, underlining the fact that it enjoys a very positive reputation in this particular market.

German owners and operators that have recently docked vessels at Gibdock include Oscar Wehr, Reederei Jüngerhans, E.Oldendorff, Peter Döhle Schiffahrt, Brise Bereederung, Asterion Tankers, Ahrenkiel, OPDR, Hans Peterson, John T. Essberger, Reederei Draxl, Columbia Shipmanagement, Thien & Heyenga, and Interorient. Containerships have traditionally comprised the majority of the German-owned vessels that Gibdock has worked on and the pattern continued through 2013 and into 2014.

However, Peter Pinck, General Manager of Combitrade, Gibdock’s representative in the German market, says: “While most of the work that we have secured for Gibdock involves container vessels of varying types and sizes, over the past year we have seen more tankers and reeferships opting to go to Gibraltar as well.”

Projects have varied in scale and scope and have included drydockings as well as afloat repair works, for stern tube renewals, bow repairs and class renewals, among other works. The yard has also handled a big engine repair after a fire in the engine room on the 500 teu capacity Andalucia, which was docked for OPDR, a new customer for Gibdock.

One of the biggest containership projects at Gibdock in the past 24 months involved the Aldebaran, a 2,785 teu capacity containership owned and managed by Reederei Horst Zeppenfeld, which went through an extensive package of works at the yard. As part of this project Gibdock was called upon to remove three deck cranes weighing over 50 tons each from their foundations and transfer them ashore using two mobile cranes. 

Notable 2014 projects have included work to the 1998-built Westerhamm, a 2,072 teu capacity containership that is part of the Hans Peterson fleet, and the 1900teu Wehr Alster, operated by Oskar Wehr, as well as two ships for Jungerhans, the 1,900teu Helena J and the 1,186 teu Corona J.

Mr Pinck says: “Over the past few years we have been working closely with Gibdock to raise their profile within the important German shipping business and we have together achieved considerable success. Customers give us positive feedback about the yard and are happy with the quality of the work, and the price, while time keeping is always excellent. There are never any problems with re-delivery as, if Gibdock promises that a job will take a certain number of days, it is true to its word.”

Gibdock explains that it is strategically located in the Strait of Gibraltar, reducing deviation times for vessels trading in the East-West trade lanes. The yard has three drydocks, ranging in length from 154m to 272m, and these are served by a total of seven dock cranes, with capacities from 8-45 tonnes. In addition Gibdock has two alongside repair quays, the 300m long Main Wharf and the 435m long South Mole. 
 
Richard Beards, MD of Gibdock, sees the containership work as a key ingredient in the repair and conversion yard’s broad spectrum of work. “We will continue to ‘mix it up’, securing business in many different market segments over the rest of 2014 and into 2015,” says Beards. “More and more companies are finding out that we are a yard that can be trusted to carry out complex repair jobs, delivering a quality product in a safe manner, on time and to budget.”
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter April 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Jump 170 pct

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 170 percent to $732 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday,

Chevron Suffers Loss, Plans Job Cuts

Chevron Corp. reported a first-quarter loss as slumping oil prices continued to drag down revenue. The company said that it is "on target" to lay off a total of 8000 workers by the end of 2016,

China COSCO to be First through the Expanded Panama Canal

China COSCO Shipping has won the draw for its container vessel Andronikos to make the ceremonial first transit through the Expanded Panama Canal during the waterway’s inauguration on Sunday, June 26.

Ship Repair & Conversion

Conquest Installs 850t Crane on Allseas Solitaire

Conquest Offshore was contracted by Allseas to remove a 300-ton crane and transport and install a 850-ton Huisman crane on board of one of the largest pipe-lay vessels in the world, Allseas Solitaire.

Canadian Navy Frigate Refit Program Completed

Seaspan joined Harjit S. Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defense, at an official ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the Halifax-Class Modernization/Frigate

How France Sank Japan's Sub Dream

Ousting of Japan ally PM Abbott opened door to rivals; Tokyo slow to respond to new competitive process. In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian

Tanker Trends

MOL's LNG Carrier KUMUL Delivered

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) announced the delivery of the LNG carrier KUMUL at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co.

NAT Acquires Four 150,000dwt Tankers

Nordic American Tankers Limited ("NAT" or the "Company") announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire four existing Suezmax sister vessels built in Japan at a world-class shipyard.

Lerwick Harbor sees Seasonal Boost

The opening of the offshore season in northern waters has seen specialist oil industry vessels return to Lerwick Harbor during April to support subsea development projects.

Ports

Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Jump 170 pct

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 170 percent to $732 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday,

Highest-Pull Wireline Conveyance System from Schlumberger

Schlumberger announced today the launch of the MaxPull high-pull wireline conveyance system that can pull from 18,000 lbf to 30,000 lbf in wells 40,000 ft [12,192 m] deep or more.

Singapore’s Mega Terminal Construction Kicks Off

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has started the construction of a new container terminal at the western end of the island to replace existing

Container Ships

Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Jump 170 pct

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 170 percent to $732 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday,

Singapore’s Mega Terminal Construction Kicks Off

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has started the construction of a new container terminal at the western end of the island to replace existing

Lerwick Harbor sees Seasonal Boost

The opening of the offshore season in northern waters has seen specialist oil industry vessels return to Lerwick Harbor during April to support subsea development projects.

People in the News

MOL's LNG Carrier KUMUL Delivered

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) announced the delivery of the LNG carrier KUMUL at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co.

Highest-Pull Wireline Conveyance System from Schlumberger

Schlumberger announced today the launch of the MaxPull high-pull wireline conveyance system that can pull from 18,000 lbf to 30,000 lbf in wells 40,000 ft [12,192 m] deep or more.

SPE Aberdeen Awards Students Bursaries

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has announced the recipients of its annual student bursaries programme for 2015-2016.   In total, £7,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1222 sec (8 req/sec)