Offshore business booms for Gibdock

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June was Gibdock’s busiest month this year in the offshore market with four offshore vessels present at the same time.

Richard Beards, managing director at Gibdock, hopes that this will highlight the yard’s status as a regional hub for OSV, seismic survey ship, dive support vessel, anchor handling tug supply ship, pipe layer and construction support vessel work.

He explained: “We are now attracting offshore vessels operating worldwide, but our advantageous location enables us to be particularly competitive for assets being mobilised, or demobilised in the Mediterranean and West African areas.”

The biggest offshore vessel project undertaken by Gibdock so far this year involved Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter, which left the yard on 29 June following a 21-day stay in Dock 1.

Work on the 127m long CSV vessel included the removal and overhaul of the complete propulsion system, port and starboard gearboxes and a routine five-year survey.

Conrad Melhus, Solstad’s technical manager, explained: “We chose Gibdock because of the good relationship we have with them, their reliability, and their good hands on management with short reporting lines. They are also centrally positioned, with easy access by road from the main spare parts hubs in Europe.”

Also in the yard in June were Atlantic Offshore’s 1,200 dwt AHTS Ocean Sky, for repair and maintenance in Dock 3, DSV Harkand Da Vinci in Dock 1 and Farstad’s 121.5m subsea support vessel Far Samson, for afloat repairs.

Gibdock is currently transitioning from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 quality and from ISO 14001:2004 to ISO 14001:2015 environmental standard accreditation.

Mr Beards concluded: “In line with our offshore successes, we are continually improving our QHSE, at a time when owners are watching every last dollar and some shipyards may be tempted to seek work based on aggressive pricing alone.”

“We know that safety and the environment in particular are key concerns for offshore owners and operators.”


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