Repair Alliance closes German services gap

German Ship Repair and partner GM create independent repair clout in the GDD Group German Ship Repair and partner GM create independent repair clout in the GDD Group

Two specialist Bremerhaven ship repair and service companies have merged, closing what they see as a service gap in the global market for mobile repair and maintenance”, writes Tom Todd.

German Mechanics and Offshore (GM) and German Ship Repair (GSR) have already co-operated for some time on a series of special ship projects. They said the creation now of a more formal ‘strategic alliance’ was “a response to the rapidly growing challenges for the maritime industry on the global market”.

The new alliance operates as German Ship Repair, which was set up in 2016 as an independent company within the Bremerhaven German Dry Docks (GDD) Group. GSR was created to bundle GDD repair competence in Bremerhaven and through mobile operations along the Dutch-German coast and worldwide.

It specialises in rapid response and big group flexibility, handling repairs of all kinds on site, in port or at sea and worldwide. A prime speciality is mobile retrofitting and conversion of ship systems.

GM now adds a variety of specialist activities to the GSR spectrum, among them chipping, turning, pipe work and mechanical engineering. GM CEO Arndt Lohner said: “We are operating in international competition in which we will position ourselves on a solid base with a broad and global service portfolio and a flexible team on land and at sea”.

GSR said by joining forces with GM, it can offer customers a more efficient and complete shipping service. Managing Director Stefan Himme said GSR “has successfully closed a gap in the market with its mobile repair and maintenance service”.

Stressing the firm’s mobile specialisation, GSR said on-site work saved time and money and noted that “both are scarce in shipping”. Stefan Himme added: “We go where the ship is”, noting that as well as port and voyage repair services GSR also handles emergency repairs. Core business however remains maintenance and repair during scheduled port stays, he said.

The GM-GSR merger is the second repair sector consolidation move within GDD and Bremerhaven this year. In spring BREDO Dry Docks, which now includes the docking facilities of Mützelfeldtwerft in Cuxhaven, took over the management of GDD’s repair project business concentrating on docking and repair. GDD itself is now focusing on “special and large-scale projects as well as public-sector contracts”.

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