On the German North Sea coast, a new shipyard alliance has formed with the German Dry Docks Group (GDD Group). In the future, the shipyard business of the German Dry Docks Group in Germany will be will be bundled in the BREDO Dry Docks (see Appendix graphs – corporate overview). With locations in the Kaiserhafen and Bremerhaven’s Fischereihafen and a facility in Cuxhaven (Amerikahafen), the group not only focuses on the classic docking business for repair and maintenance, but has also developed a strong foothold in the technical conversion of ships. The GDD Group’s most recent major project is the world’s first conversion of a container ship to the environmentally friendly operation with LNG. With Rotterdam Ship Repair, the alliance has secured a first international location. Around the clock, seven days a week, teams from Bremerhaven are ready for worldwide service aboard a ship.
„One face to the customer”
With the shipyard alliance, the GDD Group offers customers a relief valve for the continued high cost and time pressure in the international shipping industry. Several years ago, the principle of “one face to the customer” was introduced in Bremerhaven. Each customer has a project manager at his side, who oversees the order from the first contacts through the planning and calculation to the delivery of the finished ship. This principle allows a proactive preparation, which in turn reduces the docking time and thus the unavoidable downtime of a ship. During the LNG conversion of the container freighter WES AMELIE, detailed planning on board and numerous preparatory work were already carried out while the ship was still in regular feeder service. Necessary installations, such as the construction of the LNG tank, were carried out in good time so that the shipyard lay time and thus the revenue shortfall for ship owners and charterers could be kept as low as possible. At the Europort 2017, an LOI was signed for the conversion of three sister ships of the WES AMELIE at the GDD Group, namely WES JANINE, WES GESA and WES CARINA.
Specialists for retrofit and large conversions
The GDD Group is in the tradition of BREDO, the Mützelfeldtwerft and MWB Motorenwerke Bremerhaven AG and their decades of experience in repair, maintenance, conversion up to the construction of new ships. In addition to large-scale projects such as the LNG conversion or a ship extension scheduled for December, retrofit is one of the Group’s specialist areas. Among other things, GDD has particular expertise in the installation of scrubbers and ballast water treatment systems. Another special area is the complex maintenance and repair of ships of all kinds. The shipyards of the GDD Group have already brought numerous well-known passenger ships up to the latest technology and comfort.
Close exchange expands range of services
The time and cost advantage for customers also results from the close cooperation of the partner companies in the German Dry Docks Group (www.gdd-group.com). As the companies have bundled their docking capacities in the BREDO Dry Docks, they can respond faster and more efficiently to customer requests than the competition. In addition, the alliance can draw on a wide range of competencies as companies can rapidly swap their special forces between the three shipyard locations and the companies GSR, RSR and MWB MS that belong to the group, even if there is a short-term need.