|Founded||Main Wharf Road, Gibraltar Dockyard, Gibraltar (1904 )|
|Headquarters||Main Wharf Road, Gibraltar Dockyard, Gibraltar|
|Simon Gillett (Chief Executive Officer)|
John Furmston (Chief Operating Officer)
Richard Beards (Managing Director)
John Taylor (Operations Director)
Gibdock is a shipyard in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. It formerly operated as a Royal Navy Dockyard.
The dockyard was used extensively by the Royal Navy, docking many of the Navy’s most prestigious ships. In the early 1980s, a decision by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence to cut back the Royal Navy surface fleet meant that the dockyard was no longer financially viable.
In 1984, the dockyard passed into the hands of the UK ship repair and conversion company, A&P Group. A government grant and a prospect of lucrative Royal Fleet Auxiliary refit contracts did not help A&P Group, however, and they passed the yard into the hands of the Government of Gibraltar.
A company was set up to run the yard and it became known as Gibraltar Ship Repair. In the early 1990s, the dockyard was taken over by Norway-based engineering and construction services company, Kværner, who ran the yard until 1996, the yard then closed for a period of approximately 18 months.
In 1997, the British shipbuilding company Cammell Laird based in Merseyside, were looking to expand their operations outside the UK and in early 1998 a management team arrived at Gibraltar. The yard was reopened and the first ship docked within a few weeks. The dockyard's future was again put at risk when in early 2001, Cammell Laird Group PLC ran into difficulties, which eventually led to its closure.
When it became inevitable that Cammell Laird Group PLC was to close, senior management in Gibraltar, with the backing of the Government of Gibraltar, were successful in their quest to source the necessary financial assistance to keep the company's Gibraltar operations running.
During the first quarter of 2006, Cammell Laird Group was sold in its entirety to private investors. The new owner's intention was to continue with the existing business. The company continued to trade as Cammell Laird Gibraltar Ltd until 7 December 2009 when it was renamed Gibdock following the sale of the rights in the historic brand to Northwestern Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders in the UK for an undisclosed sum.
In May 2022, Gibdock Ltd was wholly acquired by a UK company, Balaena Ltd for an undisclosed sum. This acquisition saw the start of a revival of the yards military history, with a significant upswing in usage by the Royal Navy. Balaena Ltd's intention is to use the yard for the fabrication of their own design offshore utility platforms alongside its traditional ship repair usage.
Gibdock currently remains a ship repair and conversion facility, providing repair services to all sectors of the maritime industry.