2015 promises to be a year of action for Gibdock, with the business outlook positive and several exciting initiatives coming online. There are developments that will enhance the facilities, strengthen Gibdock’s appeal as an employer and help grow industry talent for the future.The first quarter has seen the yard busy attracting its usual high levels of seasonal ferry business, although this year a number of more substantial upgrade projects are being undertaken by owners on the back of a firm 2014 for the local ferry industry. We have again seen a high percentage of return customers, which is always an affirmation that we are delivering a quality product, on time and to budget and exceeding our customers’ expectations.Read more…
One of the biggest jobs carried out by Gibdock in recent months involved what John Taylor, Operations Director, calls ‘a good old-fashioned ship repair’. The 133m long, 420 teu capacityXpress Monte Rosa – originally built in Germany in 2004 and formerly trading as Palmira – arrived at Gibdock in late December 2014 and departed in early March.Read more…
Argan returned in good repair
The Danish-owned Wisby Argan, a 4, 776 dwt chemical tanker presented the Gibdock team with one of their more challenging repair jobs when it visited the yard recently. The vessel, managed by Wisby Tankers AB, required repair works to collision damage sustained on the vessel’s port side. Ten tonnes of steel was needed to renew the damaged section of the port bow area. The vessel had further steel damage to its aft port side.
Anthony Mauro-Buhagiar, Trainee Ship Repair Manager, recalls: “The most complicated part of the project was the 10t damage to the bow where there was a lot of steel to crop and fabricate.” Read more…
Close working relationships are key
Gibdock maintains close working relationships with a number of key component suppliers. One of these is the US-based engine manufacturer Caterpillar Marine, which is also responsible for the popular MaK brand of engines.
The close working relationship between the two organisations was exemplified during repairs to the 9, 200 dwt, 1984-built ro-ro vessel, Amirouche, which was repaired alongside in the Gibraltar yard from 20th September to 9th November last year.
Gibdock has run an apprentice scheme for many years to aid the promotion of careers in the maritime industry. One current employee who joined Gibdock through the apprentice scheme is Anthony Mauro-Buhagiar, who says the programme kick-started his career at an early age.
Having multi-skilled staff is increasingly important in the competitive markets of the 21st century. Gibdock’s multi-talented QHSE Officer, Stephen Gordillo, is a good example of the benefits this approach can bring to a business – and its customers.
Stephen is responsible for health, safety and quality issues generally within the yard but, as a key member of the Gibdock team he also fulfils the important roles of Port Facility Security Officer and Ship Security Officer. Read more…
Gibdock attends Gibraltar careers fair
Pictured (left to right):
Anthony Mauro-Buhagiar, Trainee Ship Repair Manager
William Langtry, Production Manager
Vivien Chipolina, HR Manager
John Taylor, Operations Director
Richard Beards, Managing Director
Gibdock lends support to local sporting talent
The Gibraltar U16 National Basketball Team – 4th place finalists at the FIBA U16 European Championships, Division C, 2014.
The Gibraltar U18 National Basketball Team – silver medal winners at the FIBA U18 Europe Championship, Division C, 2014.