Gdańsk Shipyard

Gdańsk Shipyard

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name = Gdańsk Shiprepair Yard "Remontowa"
Gdańska Stocznia "Remontowa"

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Gdańsk Shipyard ("Stocznia Gdańska") is a large Polish shipyard, located in the city of Gdańsk. The yard gained international fame when Solidarity ("Solidarność") was founded there in September 1980. It is situated on the left side of Martwa Wisła and on Ostrów Island.


Gdańsk Shipyard was founded in 1945 as a state-owned company, on sites of the former German shipyards, Schichau-Werft and Danziger Werft, both considerably damaged in the Second World War.cite web| url=| title=History of the Stocznia Gdańsk S.A.| publisher=Stocznia Gdańsk S.A.| accessdate=2008-08-03] During the time of the People's Republic of Poland it was known as the Lenin Shipyard. On July 1, 1952 Baza Remontowa - Ostrow, a state-owned enterprise was established on Ostrow island. The name changed to Gdanska Stocznia Remontowa later in the year. [cite web| url=| title=History of Remontowa S.A.| publisher=Remontowa S.A.| accessdate=2008-08-03]

The Northern Shipyard (Stocznia Północna) was also formed in June 1945, when it was known as Shipyard No. 3. Its activities were mainly production and repairs of trains, trams and small floating units. In December 1945 the workforce of Shipyard No3 was 694, including 8 engineers and 28 technicians.cite web| url=| title=History of Stocznia Północna| publisher=Stocznia Północna| accessdate=2008-08-03] Launches began in 1948 - smacks for the Gdańsk Institute of Sea Fishing were delivered and 53 rescue boats were built. In 1949 the shipyard started to produce fishing lugo-trawlers. In February 1950 Shipyard No3 changed its name to Northern Shipyard and in 1951 it ended production of trains, specializing instead in small cargo ships, fishing vessels and scientific ships. In 1952 the shipyard delivered 14 vessels. After 1955, the shipyard built vessels for Soviet navies of Poland, USSR, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and East Germany – mainly for troop landing craft, hydrographic, rescue, training and torpedo boats. In 1975 the shipyard was named "Westerplatte heroes".

In 1980 Gdańsk was the arena for events that changed the face of the world. A strike by 17,000 ship builders saw Solidarity (Solidarność), led by shipyard electrician Lech Wałęsa, recognised as the first non-communist trade union in the then Soviet Eastern Bloc. The move was one of the first successful steps that led to the eventual collapse of communism, across Eastern Europe. [cite web| url=| title=1980: Shipyard Poles strike for their rights| publisher=BBC: On This Day| accessdate=2008-08-03] [cite news| url=| title=Poland fights for Gdansk shipyard| date=21 August 2007| work=BBC News| accessdate=2008-08-03]

Through the 1980s, Northern Shipyard continued to produce super-trawlers, super-seiners, hydrographic units and troop landing-craft for the Soviet Union - the last four were delivered in 1991. Contracts signed with the Soviet Polish Navy were delivered in the early 1990s. Difficulties on the world market forced radical changes and the yard began to specialize in cargo containers, mainly for Germany and Nigeria.

In 1990, the state-owned Gdańska Stocznia became a joint stock company with 61% in National Treasury shares and 31% owned by employees. Since then, Gdańsk Shipyard has operated as Stocznia Gdańsk SA. On 1 April 1993 Northern Shipyard of "Westerplatte Heroes" became a corporation, under the name Northern Shipyard S.A. In the late 1990s the shipyard produced ferries, fishing vessels, tugboats and ships for the offshore industry. Since June 2003, the main shareholder has been Gdańsk "Repair" Shipyard. As part of the Repair Group, Northern Shipyard can offer highly technical specialized products - from design through to fully equipped ship. The shipyard now produces specialist ships, including LNG/LPG transport ships, passenger-car ferries, container vessels, offshore boats, hydrographic and scientific ships. Vessals sail under the flags of: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, USA, Great Britain and Poland.

First ship

SS "Sołdek" - museum ship, 2004

SS "Sołdek" (a coal and ore freighter) was the first ship built in Poland after World War II. Launched on 6 November 1947, for a Polish owner, she was the first of 29 ships Project B30 type, built in 1949 - 1954 in Stocznia Gdańska.

SS "Sołdek" is now preserved as a museum ship in Gdańsk.


Over 60 years, Stocznia Gdańska has delivered more than 1000 seagoing ships to owners all over the world. In recent years, the top deliveries have been container ships, reefers, bulk carriers and passenger ro-ro ferries. Most ships are designed in their own design office. Gdansk shipyards have fallen on hard times. Once a place of work for over 20,000 people, the Gdansk shipyards provide only 3,000 jobs today. [cite web| url=| title=What happens here moves the world|| accessdate=2008-08-03] Design and construction of ships has remained the main activity of the yard. Work for the offshore industry began in the XXI century.

Remontowa S.A. owns 7 floating docks which can accommodate vessels up to 290m in length and approximately 135 000 dwt. Gdańska Stocznia is the leader of the Remontowa group, which also includes Northern Shipyard and smaller companies. Remontowa SA is one of the largest companies in Poland and was listed in the top three largest ship repair yards in Europe and the top five in the world by specialist magazine Drydock.

The board consists of: Piotr Soyka (President), Krzysztof Juchniewicz (Director of Commerce and Produkcyjnych), Leon Domaradzki (Chief Financial Officer).

hips built by Remontowa SA yards


Lighthouse tenders
*NLV "Pharos"cite web|url=| title=Multi-Function Tenders for Trinity House| publisher=Remontowa| accessdate=2008-08-03]
*THV "Galatea" [cite web|url=| title=Staying alert to the possibilities| publisher=Solutions magazine| date=September 2006| format=pdf| accessdate=2008-08-03]
*THV "Alert" [cite web|url=| title=Rapid Intervention Vessel| publisher=Remontowa| accessdate=2008-08-03]

Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency vessel
*FPV "Hirta" [cite web|url=| title=Fishery Protection Vessel| publisher=Remontowa| accessdate=2008-08-03] [cite web|url=| title=FPV Hirta| publisher=Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency| accessdate=2008-08-03]

CalMac ferries
*MV "Argyle" - B338/2 and 1333/2 [cite web|url=| title=Clyde car and passenger ferry Argyle launched at Northern Shipyard, Remontowa Group| publisher=Remontowa| accessdate=2008-08-03]
*MV "Bute" - B338/1 [cite web|url=| title=Scottish island-mainland ro-ro ferry Bute and its sistership| publisher=Remontowa| accessdate=2008-08-03]
*new vessel for Islay (on order for Spring 2011; 89.90m; 16.5 knots; 550 passengers; 88 cars) [cite web| url=| title=Remontowa wins newbuilding order for another ferry to be operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd.| publisher=Remontowa SA| accessdate=2008-08-02]

See also

* Monument to fallen Shipyard Workers


External links

* [ Poland fights for Gdansk shipyard ]
* [ An official site of Stocznia Gdańska]
* [ Presentation The Solidarity Phenomenon] (PL, EN, DE, FR, ES, RU)

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