AUGUST 19, 2015 — Working in partnership with its Hamburg-based agent Combitrade, Gibraltar ship repair yard Gibdock has been getting more work from German shipowners.
Recently, Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG chose Gibdock to work on one of its 1,730 TEU containerships.
John Taylor, Gibdock operations director, says "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."
Peter Döhle selected Gibdock for this work partly because of the shipyard's 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, Combitrade manager, says: "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."
"When Gibdock quotes the redelivery of a vessel for a specific date and time, assuming no unforeseen works occur, you can rest assured that you will get your vessel back as scheduled," he added.
Another of Gibdock's strong points, says Mr. Schultze, is keeping to the budget without hidden costs in the quotation.