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German repair yards join forces

German repair yards join forces

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As of February 1, German repair yards comprising German Dry Docks (GDD), BREDO Dockgesellschaft (BREDO) and Mützelfeldwerft will form a shipyard alliance under the umbrella of the German Dry Docks Group.

The shipyards will preserve their independence and continue to trade in the market with their names. In the future the three locations will be managed by Guido Försterling from GDD and Dirk Harms from BREDO. The aim is to harmonise the business segments with a cross-site dock planning.

“Customers of all three companies will benefit from the common higher flexibility and dock capacity,” the group said in a release.

“Each shipyard has had to reject orders in the past when its own docks were occupied. Together, we are now able to offer a higher dock capacity and react directly to fluctuating workloads at the sites.

The harmonisation of the processes allows us to react to customer requests in a highly flexible and cost-efficient manner. We are hereby establishing a link between the rivers Weser and Elbe,” said Harms

In addition to the shipyard alliance, the German Dry Docks Group also includes MWB Power with the motor services division as well as German Ship Repair and Rotterdam Ship Repair with its business segments harbour and voyage repairs.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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