Zeppelin Power Systems and German Dry Docks form MWB Marine Services GmbH
The MWB Power engine division of Bremerhaven’s German Dry Docks AG (GDD) wants to significantly expand its business activities in the area of repair and maintenance of marine engines. For this reason, GDD is establishing the MWB Marine Services GmbH on the MWB Power site, in which MWB Power’s activities will be integrated. Zeppelin Power Systems GmbH & Co. KG(ZPS) from Hamburg will participate in this company, subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities, and will contribute the competence of a partner with industry experience.
The new orientation is the strategic response to the current market situation in the shipping industry. “We are increasingly operating in an international environment and in an international competition, where we will be on a solid footing with a broad product and service portfolio,” explains GDD board member Guido Försterling. “Similar to our shipyard alliance, we want to strengthen the maritime service location Bremerhaven with this step.”
MWB Marine Services is in the tradition of MWB Motorenwerke Bremerhaven AG, the long-standing repair and conversion specialist in the Kaiserhafen. The previous GDD division specializes in manufacturer-independent maintenance and repair services for motors and generators and the sale of spare parts of certain motor and component manufacturers. In addition, MWB Power can refer to a whole series of major repairs such as the replacement or modification of engines.
The new company MWB Marine Services GmbH will continue to maintain and expand these business segments. Step by step, work and services for other engine manufacturers will be taken over and offered on the international market. Furthermore, an expansion of the spare parts trade is planned.
ZPS and GDD have long been working closely together in the service for engines and drive systems from the ZPS portfolio, for example, during maintenance work on river cruise ships. Due to the growing demand in the shipping sector, among other things for exhaust gas purification systems and the conversion of marine engines for dual fuel operation, the commonalities between the two companies have expanded in the recent past.
For ZPS, the partnership with GDD in the new company is interesting for strategic reasons. “The partnership with Zeppelin allows MWB Marine Services to carry out complex solutions for the repair and maintenance of engines and propulsion systems as well as reconstruction projects directly in GDD’s docks in the future,” emphasises Volker Poßögel, Managing Director of Zeppelin Power Systems. Dr. Harald Wilms, Head of the Corporate development, points to the opportunities for internationalization within the Zeppelin network.
Zeppelin Power Systems is an official partner of Caterpillar for Cat and MaK engines and a leading supplier of drive and energy systems. With approximately 800 employees, Zeppelin Power Systems offers its customers individual, highly efficient system solutions and comprehensive services in the areas of industrial and marine applications, oil and gas industry, rail vehicles, electricity and heat generation. The Zeppelin Group is active worldwide at 190 sites and, with around 7,700 employees, it generated revenues of 2.36 billion euros in fiscal year 2016.