Small ships, large ships, routine work, special orders – the diversity of projects and challenges facing the German Dry Docks (GDD) team is large. As different as these projects are, however, they do have one common denominator: Each order is carried out with the utmost care, quickly and to the complete satisfaction of the customer. This is true for legendary ships such as the museum freighter “Cap San Diego” and exclusive mega yachts such as the “Luna” as well as for the classic heavy-lift freighters or small special vessels. A responsible project manager is in charge of each project – from the first customer talks to cost calculation to delivery and invoicing. This “one-face-to-the-customer” principle guarantees smooth communication between the client and the contractor as well as within the entire team.
The ease with which the Kaiserhafen port team in Bremerhaven takes on even the most unusual tasks is based on many years of experience and expertise in all areas of repair, overhaul and maintenance as well as retrofitting. As one of the leading companies for the rapid repair of ships on the North Sea, German Dry Docks covers the entire portfolio – from damage repair, to maintenance and servicing, to class work. Retrofitting is a growing business area. GDD has developed great expertise in subsequently upgrading ships with the latest technology. This is true for the installation of scrubbers or the installation of ballast water treatment systems as well as for work on the entire powertrain. Special attention is given to projects that improve a vessel’s performance and thus earnings for ship owners or charterers.
Ship owners save time and money at German Dry Docks
To promote the rapid execution of tasks, German Dry Docks limits the time spent in dock to the necessary minimum – if at all possible, the ship does not even come into dock, but rather goes immediately to the equipping quay. For the customer, it is of particular advantage that GDD and MWB Power have a business division dedicated to engine technology and drive systems. The engine specialists are immediately on site, even when it turns out that work on the machine is only needed in the course of another order. Conversely, repair and maintenance on the entire ship can be done in parallel, if the ship must make a port stop for the necessary work on the machine in any case. This ultimately results in savings for the ship owner in terms of the two most important factors: time and money.
And since time is also money, the GDD specialists only rarely have the opportunity to enjoy the special view of the harbour from the docks. Hardly anyone except the photographer was likely able to really take in the sunset over Kaiserhafen port, the large components for offshore wind turbines and the four-legged special vessel in our image gallery.