40 – the new 21

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1979 saw the Three Mile Island Nuclear accident off the East Coast of the USA. Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran took 63 Americans hostage after overrunning the US Embassy In Tehran, and China instituted the ‘One Child Per Family’ rule. The USSR invaded Afghanistan, and Britain elected Margaret Thatcher as its first female Prime Minister. Oil reached a new record (high) of $24 per barrel. John Wayne died, SONY released the revolutionary Walkman, and Pink Floyd released ‘The Wall’. Against that backdrop, Drydock Magazine was born.

Our print magazine this month looks at how some of the world’s leading ship companies have evolved. We look at Marineshaft, a company that is now well known worldwide for their unique strengthening repairs and has become a true worldwide player. We also look at Lisnave, now taking advantage of refurbished facilities and three new Panamax hydro-lift docs.

From Poland, we look at the Remontowa Yard, which has seen probably the biggest changes over our lifetime. 40 years ago the shipyard was a typical communist workplace, entirely owned by the State. In the 1980’s a shipyard electrician in nearby Gdansk by the name of Lech Walesa, became a global household name for challenging the system, and winning. But by 1989 the centrally planned economy collapsed, and the repair orders from the Soviet Union that Remontowa relied on disappeared. The shipyard was on the verge of bankruptcy, until Piotr Soyka stepped in to create the vision for what Romentowa has now become.

From Canada we look at the country’s largest shipyard, Davie. Established in Québec city 1825, that yard is considerably older than Drydock magazine. It is currently doing well with the Canadian shipbuilding ship repair industry booming.

And we look at ASRY, founded in Bahrain in 1977. The yard was the first in the region. Its competition was international yards in distant areas. Starting with a 500,000 DWT drydock, ASRY now two floating docks of 252m and 227m, and twin 255m slipways. Its latest addition is a new key wall more than 1200 m in length, and its competition now comes from the emergence of large yards in the Dubai and Armagh region.

In the meantime, here is a flavour of the Drydock universe all those years ago, with pictures we published from Sembawang:

 

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