Gebhard Electro, located in Oosterhout, has specialised in marine technology since 1946. The company has grown from a small local installer for inland waterway tanker barges into a global company for both inland and maritime shipping. The company will soon move into new accommodation off the A59 motorway, which offers adequate space for the current rate of growth.
That philosophy is based on the idea that a ship owner must be able to opt in at multiple stages in the system design and construction process. In addition to constructing complete systems, Gebhard has standardised the main components, making it possible to deliver systems in parts or as a complete assembly package to any location in the world. For example main and auxiliary switch panels, starting systems, alarm and surveillance systems, communication systems and control consoles. Additional customer-specific components can be delivered to order. The packages come with clear instructions and an ample supply of installation fixings and materials so that the fitters on site can complete the job without problems or delays. This innovative approach means that customised arrangements, both in technical and financial terms, can be delivered with very short lead times.
Three core activities
Gebhard’s activities can be divided into three groups of marine technology. First of all, there is the supply of separate components. Gebhard supplies its marine technology for all kinds of vessels. Every day they are dispatched all over the world, with precise instructions for the local installers. This method is characterised by speed and bespoke service, on both the technical and the financial sides. Gebhard’s engineers can also travel to install these main components locally. With offices in several parts of the world, they can be on site very quickly.
The second core activity is the provision of prefabricated systems for new vessels, built to customer specifications. With all the necessary components and a comprehensive manual, clients can install the systems themselves on site. The descriptions are accurate down to the smallest detail and the packages are more than complete, with extra quantities of standard components being supplied. Custom systems can be purchased at a low cost and with short lead times. This technology has been tried and tested in practice and is implemented to the complete satisfaction of our clients throughout the world.
The third main element of the range of services is undertaking entire projects, on both existing and new vessels. After an intake phase, an inventory is carried out on board to determine what marine technology is already present, what needs to be replaced and what has to be added. The engineers draw up detailed specifications and a custom system is designed on the drawing board. The entire construction process takes place under the supervision of Gebhard and is rounded off by a thorough programme of testing. On delivery, plenty of time is devoted to instruction and training, after which Gebhard provides ongoing support with service technicians.