Rotterdam: Aiming to make a big splash at this week’s SMM fair in Hamburg will be a Dutch shipyard going through a rebrand.
ROG Ship Repair will be the new name of the former Serdijn Ship Repair located in Rotterdam.
The name change comes a six months after Rotterdam Offshore Group acquired Serdijn Ship Repair.
ROG Ship Repair will focus on ship repair and conversions as well as port repairs and repairs for ships on a voyage, deploying flying squads to assist ships out to sea.
Martin van Leest, managing director of ROG Ship Repair, says upcoming additions to the yard should put it in a position to challenge rival Damen for primacy.
Next year, the quay side will be modernized and new 500 ton crane installed, while a new workshop and office will also be added.
“We are looking to install a floating dock, this will open up the monopolistic position of Damen in Rotterdam port regarding dry docking,” says van Leest.
Van Leest says the yard is getting more and more inquiries about installing scrubbers and ballast water treatment systems. “Once the regulations will be in place and official than this will generate a tremendous amount of work,” he says, before cautioning that not all shipowners can afford these modifications, which he says is worrying.
In general, ship repair margins are poor the moment, he says.
“A lot of shipowners just do the minimum or no maintenance and plan their repairs preferably in the low rate countries,” van Leest concludes.
ROG Ship Repair will be exhibiting in Hall B2 on the ground floor at stand 221 at SMM. [08/09/14]