GDD and Zeppelin combine engine businesses

New engine constellation at German shipyard New engine constellation at German shipyard

Leading repair and conversion yard German Dry Docks (GDD) is expanding its marine engine repair and maintenance business by integrating its own MWB Power division and new partner Zeppelin Power Systems (ZPS) in a new company, writes Tom Todd.

The engine business of the Bremerhaven based MWB and of Zeppelin in Hamburg will combine in MWB Marine Services at the existing MWB site under GDD management.

GDD said the reorientation was a strategic response to the current maritime market situation. CEO Guido Försterling said "we are increasingly operating in an international environment and in international competition”. Engine integration would put the firm on “a solid footing with a broad product and service portfolio. As with our shipyard alliance, we want to strengthen Bremerhaven as a maritime service location with this step", he added.

MWB Marine Services succeeds the old MWB Motorenwerke Bremerhaven, which specialised in manufacturer-independent engine and genset maintenance and repair and in spare parts for some engine and component manufacturers. It also handled major repairs such as the replacement or modification of engines.

GDD said the new company will maintain and expand these business segments and add work and services for other engine manufacturers on the international market. An expansion of the spare parts trade was also planned, it said.

ZPS and GDD have long co-operated in the servicing of ZPS engines and drive systems, notably on river cruise ships. They have also recently expanded their co-operation in exhaust gas cleaning systems and the conversion of marine engines for dual fuel operation.

ZPS CEO Volker Poßögel noted that the partnership in the new company also “allows Zeppelin to carry out ... the repair and maintenance of engines and propulsion systems as well as repowering projects directly in GDD's docks in the future".  The yard group has access to six docks.

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