Operating as German Ship Repair Jamaica Ltd (GSRJ), the new yard could eventually be available for yacht work in the future. David Robinson reports.

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Charles Johnston (Vice-Chairman GSRJ) is looking at the Prime Minister Andrew Holness handing over the Share Certificate to Shareholder Kloska Technik GmbH, represented by Martin Wirz (Director GSRJ)

Charles Johnston (Vice-Chairman GSRJ) is looking at the Prime Minister Andrew Holness handing over the Share Certificate to Shareholder Kloska Technik GmbH, represented by Martin Wirz (Director GSRJ)

A new ship repair venture has been established in Kingston, Jamaica. The new yard could eventually be available for yacht work in the future.

Operating as German Ship Repair Jamaica Ltd (GSRJ), the new operation was formed by H&P Caribbean Maritime Services Ltd, Jamaica Dry Dock Ltd and Kloska Techik GmbH.

The new company will be based within Kingston harbour at the site of Kingston Dry Dock, a subsidiary of Jamaica Dry Dock. Kingston Dry Dock operates a facility with a 100-tonne synchrolift and services the local yachting market.

H&P Caribbean Maritime Services Ltd is the local office of the Bremen-headquartered Harren & Partners group, which is active in ship management, ship operation and other marine services. Kloska Technik GmbH is a technical company that specialises in engines.

Nico Szepanski, a director of H&P Caribbean Maritime Services, comments: “We are at an early stage of this project and we are currently raising funds to buy a floating dock that would be able to accommodate ships up to 180m-220m (591ft-722ft). Repairing yachts is a specialised business but maybe in the future once we have the workforce trained.”

The GSRJ launch reception was held onboard the 48m (158ft) expedition superyacht Hanse Explorer, which is owned by one of the owners of the H&P group.

It was attended by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who said the setting up of the company aligns with plans to develop Jamaica as a maritime hub and logistics centre.