Gibdock expands in German market

27 Aug 2015
Gibdock's strategic location means German vessels can be docked at the yard without deviation

Gibdock's strategic location means German vessels can be docked at the yard without deviation

Gibraltar-based ship repair yard, Gibdock, is expanding its presence in the German market, working with its local agent to secure business from some of the country’s leading shipowners and managers.

The yard recently won a contract with Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG to work on one of its 1730 teu capacity geared containerships.

“In many respects this was a routine drydocking, but the hatch cover work in particular was quite time consuming and there was only a tight time window for us to complete all the various tasks required by Peter Döhle. Our team rose to the challenge and redelivered the vessel back to service on schedule,” said John Taylor, operations director, Gibdock.

Peter Döhle says it chose Gibdock partly because of its strategic location, which meant the ship could be docked at the yard without deviation before returning to its trade rotation. Other factors included Gibdock’s reputation for good quality and for delivering projects on time.

Timo Schultze, manager of Gibdock’s Hamburg-based agent, Combitrade, added: “The most important issue for the owner was that the repairs to the ship should not be delayed, as the vessel had to catch the next charter. This meant that the whole project was very time critical, especially because of the extensive works to the hatch covers.”

Combitrade says it’s confident Peter Döhle will return again, based on its positive experience with this latest project, as will other German shipping companies.

“The best proof of the quality and the reliability of a yard are its repeat clients and Gibdock has a number in Germany. Hopefully Peter Döhle will be one of them in the future,” concluded Mr Schultze.

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