Technology, material, machines and large parts – at first glance, these seem to be the essential elements for the successful construction of a ship. But in fact, to a company like German Dry Docks (GDD), people are the most important element to complete even the most complicated tasks. After all, the “Repair made in Germany” seal of quality doesn’t come from nowhere.
Ship repairs require skills and cooperation
The skills which GDD’s 120 own employees and approximately 200 members of staff in partner companies require for fast ship repairs, installation of scrubbers or ballast water treatment systems and the repowering or restoration of ships are like few other disciplines in shipbuilding. Ship repairs must be finished quickly; afterwards, however, every welding seam should be every bit as precise as when the ship was newly built. Working on the powertrain or on hydraulics, cooling systems or ventilation with the addition of a special challenge: Space and freedom of movement are limited; after all, an entire system cannot be dismantled every time for the restoration of an individual component. The skills and competence of every individual are just as required as the whole team’s good cooperation.
GDD: assignments around the globe
The broad spectrum of services for ships, ship engines and all onboard systems that German Dry Docks offers can only be delivered by well-coordinated teamwork. This is true for docking just as much as for the sandblasting of a ship’s side, welding work and repairs to engines, propellers or steering machines. Among other things, the success of German Dry Docks is based on the fact that experienced employees from all trades are available to them. However, the specialists at Bremerhaven also manage when they are away from their own workshops. When customers require service or an urgent repair is required, the team pack their belongings and the necessary gear for use virtually anywhere in the world.
Skills and expertise developed over many decades
German Dry Docks draws on the experience of a long tradition of shipbuilding at the Bremerhaven location. The trainers at GDD happily and meticulously pass on these skills and knowledge – developed over decades – to new company recruits. The most important message passed on to the recruits is: Whoever wants to master technology, material, machines and large parts must know what they are doing and how to do it well.
In this collection of photos, you can see our employees in action and how German Dry Docks employs people who work with passion and to the highest quality standards on a daily basis to make sure that the customers of German Dry Docks are always completely satisfied.