Cicek family and Celal Cicek's shipbuilding history starts from 1960's under the name of GAYE Ltd.But Naval architect and MSC. marine engineer Celal Cicek  established Deniz Industry Co. / Cicek Shipyard in July 1 1977.The shipyard was located in Halic - Balat, İstanbul. The first ship we constructed in this shipyard was a coaster of 3.250dwt named "Coşkun Yağcı". We also built two  sister ships having  the same tonnage in this yard in Haliç.

In 1979, company applied for land in Tuzla following the announcement of the Tuzla Private Sector Shipyard Area. We commenced ship construction at this site in 1981.

By the end of 1982, company had  started on the  construction of   product tanker  of 3.250dwt named “Doğan Kaman” and of  a chemical tanker of 3.250dwt named “Orse”. The design work was undertaken by naval architect and marine engineer Celal Çiçek.

At that time, “Orse” was the first chemical tanker to be built in Turkey.

In 1982 , company started construction of a 5.700dwt  bulkcarrier ,named “Kazım Kolotoğlu”, which was the biggest ship company had  constructed at  that time. Again,she was completely our own design and was delivered in 1984.  

Towards the governments decision of subsidising the purchase of second hand vessels from abroad hence 1985, all the Turkish shipyards as well as ours were left without domestic demand and proceeded constructing vessels  in smaller sizes and different types and left to perform conversions and repairs.

In those difficult days , our banks did not provide any Letters of Guarantee  for shipbuilding due to lack of knowledge of the shipbuilding industry.Therefore we could not deliver any letter of guarantees for foreign shipping companies.

Our shipyard maintained its activities  for several years by carrying out ship repair work and by building smaller vessels including tugs- tankers -chemical tankers and bulk carriers.This continued until  2003.

Today,our company has been in the shipbuilding and ship repair industry for over 40 years and it employs 300 people directly plus  600 subcontractors.All are managed by the company’s president.The naval architect and marine engineer Celal Cicek Msc who celebrated his 50th year in engineering this year.

Our company recently completed several important projects for  Turkish shipowners. Most of these ships have subsequently been resaled to important European shipowners.

 Investing in new shipbuilding machinery and equipment enabled our company to compete with the most modern yards  all around the world. Our company has the first and so far  the only newbuilding  graving dock in the Turkish private shipbuilding area.Measuring 225m in   length , 37.5m. in breadth and 11m in depth , it is capable of accommodating  panamax sized vessels. In adition, we have a slipway that can build ships of  up to 26.000dwt and another small slipway on  which we build vessels up to 5.000dwt.Recently,these have included niche vessels like sophisticated chemical  tankers and bunker tankers.

Our company has successfully completed many modern vessels in recent years.Many of these were IMO II chemical tankers of up to 30.000 dwt. Three were vessels of 15.000dwt built  for Kaptanoğlu Holding and named “Puli” ; all were sold shortly after completion.We also completed the convfersion of a 40.000dwt single hull tanker to a double hull tanker for the same owner.

All completed projects are from 2005 IMO II Ice class 1A chemical carrier for Besiktas Shipping ,  a 26000 dwt IMO II Ice class 1A chemical carrier vesselss for Besiktas Shipping, and two 1300TEU container vessels are for Bayraktar Shipping Group.

A 20.000dwt IMO II chemical tanker has been delivered to Kaptanoğlu Holding while four 3.000dwt chemical bunker tankers have been completed to our own account.The first two have been sold to the  Novella Group in Italy.

At the moment, Turkey’s biggest vessel a 58.000dwt bulk carrier  have been floated out from our dry dock.

At the moment Çiçek Shipyard is very much actively the handysize bulk carrier market. By introducing Bulk Flower 25K and Bulk Flower 35K designs which will change the handysize bulk carrier market for fuel  consumption efficient , larger handling capabilities by heavy lifting cranes  clean environment by double hull structure and uses CO2 emmissions by shaft generator and water balast management systems for clean balast water.