DECEMBER 20, 2017 — Gibraltar ship repairer Gibdock is continuing to win orders from German shipowners, with three German-owned containerships docking at the shipyard within a six-week period during the last quarter of 2017.
The Peter Döhle-owned, 2,785 TEU Rita, Ahrenkiel Steamship’s 1,300 TEU AS Fatima and the 3,091 TEU Louis S, owned by Schepers Rudolf Reederei, all spent time in dry dock in the fourth quarter for varying maintenance and repair programs.
The 206m long Rita was docked for 14 days in October, for a drydocking schedule that included a total of 11,000 sq.m of hull treatment, with blasting over an area of 5,000 sq.m; repairs to the sea chests, tailshaft and liferaft cradles; and the removal of the vessel’s propellers and bow thrusters for overhauling in Gibdock’s well-equipped workshops.
“The owner required a lot of work in a fairly short time scale and this was a challenge,” say’s Gibdock’s ship repair manager for the project, Philip Tsankov. “We planned the work around the hull treatment and the vessel was redelivered as agreed on time.”
The 166 m long AS Fatima arrived in Gibraltar in late October and was primarily docked for work to address a stern tube issue. This required the yard to dismantle and remove the tailshaft and transport it to the workshop, where the propeller blades and blade carriers, as well as the propeller hub itself, were completely overhauled. During the ship’s 21 day stay at the yard Gibdock also conducted a complete overhaul of the vessel’s main engines.
Schepers’ 22 0m long Louis S was drydocked in the yard’s dock No 1 for around a week. The container vessel also came in with a stern tube issue, requiring the propeller unit to be dismantled.
Ship manager, Juan Pinero, says, “Gibdock needed to manufacture the specific tooling required for the dismantling work so the repairs could be undertaken.” Inside the workshop the Gibdock team worked on the propeller and overhauled the seals, and then re-fitted components before reinstallation onboard. The yard also washed and painted the vessel’s underwater hull.
The visit of the three German owned containerships has been part of an encouraging general upturn in activity at the Gibraltar yard in recent weeks.
John Taylor, operations director, says, “Business has been picking up and container vessel owners and operators have been attracted to the yard by our location, close to key trade lanes, as well as by our reputation for quality work and on-time delivery. Our regular ferry refit season starts soon, and we are getting more enquiries from the offshore market, so the first quarter of 2018 is already looking promising.”
Gibdock can accommodate most vessel types trading in the Mediterranean and Atlantic regions. Facilities include three dry docks, with lengths of 154 m x 29 m, 184 m x 29 m and 272 m x 38 m. These are equipped with a total of 10 dock cranes with lift capacities up to 45 tonnes. The shipyard can also utilize its 300 m long Main Wharf quay and the 435m long South Mole for alongside repairs. Its purpose-built fabrication area, Pad 1, is also in demand for retrofit scrubber installations, ballast water treatment retrofits and vessel modifications.