Gibraltar dockyard changes name again

08 Dec 2009

Cammell Laird (Gibraltar) is changing its name to Gibdock to avoid confusion with UK-based Cammell Laird Shiprepairers. The two companies say that the "massive progress and growth of the separate companies" have brought an urgent need for clarification of the relationship between the two.

A joint statement says: "With immediate effect, Cammell Laird (Gibraltar) will change its name to Gibdock. Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd will maintain its name and will have sole ownership of the Cammell Laird name and trademark."

Joe Corvelli, chief executive of Gibdock said: "Nobody is more proud of Cammell Laird?s heritage than us, but this is about ensuring that there is clarity among customers on the skills and services offered by this yard. Our recent references and the high number of returning customers show what can be achieved by focusing on commercial work in this strategic location. "Ship repair is a business built on close contacts between the ship owner and the service provider. We held the Cammell Laird torch, and I believe we did the name proud, but the last thing needed in such a tight knit market is any confusion over branding. Now is the time for Gibdock to emerge in its own right."

John Syvret, chief executive of Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Ltd said: "The Gibraltar and Birkenhead yards have enjoyed a good commercial relationship in the past and I am sure this will continue in the future. I wish Joe and his team every success. It became abundantly clear that growing confusion over the company name required resolution. This has now been resolved and we look forward to growing the business and the brand by delivering cost effective quality solutions and services to our customers. Our foundations have been built on trust, and this ethos will be the corner stone of our success in the future."

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