The former Gdynia Shipyard was liquidated in 2009. Every liquidation can be narrated as the ending of something. Companies that take over the remaining means of production would narrate the liquidation of enterprises as a natural process. In this case, the state granted Crist – a private shipbuilding company founded in 1990 – a loan in order to purchase a third of the former shipyard facilities. They operate in the dry dock and in the shops where the hulls are produced. Today, the company specializes in offshore construction and in the production of hulls.
In socialist days, workers named the main office building in which the workshop participants sit ‘aquarium’ – after the big fishes, such as the main director, who had their offices here. Following renovation in 2013, it now comprises the offices of different companies operating in the area of the former Gdynia shipyard.
At the moment, there is ongoing construction on three ships in the dry dock simultaneously. Here you can see the first sections which are moved by the gantry crane. Nevertheless, there is still space in the 379 m long dock that can be floated in three pieces.
We would like to thank CRIST SA. for the opportunity to visit their company and for allowing us to use these photos on our website.