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March 23, 2010

JOHN TAYLOR

Gibdock promotes John Taylor to Production Director

John Taylor has been appointed Production Director at Gibdock, the Gibraltar-based ship repair and conversion yard. Promoted from Production Manager, he will take responsibility for developing the shipyard's production policy, as it focuses on extending its portfolio of complex vessel work to include a broader scope of conversion projects in the offshore sector, including rig work.

Gibdock Chief Executive, Joe Corvelli, said: "John is being given full responsibility to develop Gibdock's production capabilities to match our growth and prepare for larger conversion jobs, and for more specialized work in the offshore and oil rig repair markets. He will rely on his strong repair and conversion experience to expand production in such a way that our reputation for customer service and quality is not compromised."

Mr. Taylor's 34 year career with the yard began in 1976 when he joined what was then a British naval dockyard as a special grade shipwright apprentice, After a three year apprenticeship, he started as a tradesman and then transfered to the Ship liner/Surveyor Department. His career path reflects the transformation of the yard into today's commercial ship repair and conversion facility. During the period that the yard was under Kvaerner ownership, he broadened his experience through postings in Norway and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Taylor returned to Gibraltar as Ship Repair Manager in 2008, before being promoted to Production Manager, and now Gibdock Production Director.

Mr. Taylor holds City and Guilds certificates covering Shipbuilding Technicians (Parts One and Two), Advanced Shipbuilding Craft Studies and General Engineering. He is an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. However, when asked for his career milestones, he cited the projects he has worked on. "If I think back to the naval days, the highlight would be the conversion of the cruise liner SS Uganda into a Hospital ship during the Falklands conflict," he said. "We had to work non-stop for three days, with myself involved in fabrication/fitting of the heli-deck and testing new Replenishment at sea equipment.

"But shipyard work has never been short of challenges. Some have been structural. The work I took part in in Norway, where hulls were built in Russia and transferred for outfitting, was part of a profound change in European shipbuilding. Other projects have been less significant, but still challenging in their own way. Here, I am thinking of the effort and expertise that went into a newbuild like Baldor Viking, at Govan.

"That's why, if I look to the challenges ahead, I see it them in terms of the project work we do here, and the work we could do. We are well known for the variety of work we do, whether it be containerships, cruise ships, ferries, gas carriers, bulk carriers or more specialized tonnage. But we are also well placed to deliver on more complex offshore-related conversion work on rigs and OSVs. After all, we have the experience."

Mr Taylor will be succeeded as Production Manager by Willie Langtry.


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