Schiffstechnik | Ship Technology Good prospects for German shipyards Although German shipyards delivered fewer vessels in 2016 than in the previous year it was still a good year because the yards were able to win quite a number of orders that secure their utilization over the medium term. By Thomas Wägener While the big seagoing cargo ships are still being built on Asian shipyards the main skills of German shipbuilders are in the construction of specialized vessels. These are mainly mega yachts, cruise ships or river cruisers and navy ships of every kind. Moreover, German shipbuilders are competent in building RoRo or Ro- Pax ships and smaller vessels like rescue boats, work boats or tugs. The mega yacht segment is impacted by the crises in the global shipping sector, because normally affuent individuals order these ships. This is why a lot of mega yachts have been ordered during recent years. Naval ships is another market not affected by the crisis. The German maritime industry is famous also in this category. In recent years, several countries have ordered naval ships including submarines with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel. Four frigates of the new type F125 for the German navy are currently being built in Hamburg at the Blohm + Voss site. The first one, called »Baden-Würtemberg« (F 222) is scheduled to be delivered this year, the three others are will follow until next year. Blohm + Voss has been taken over by Lürssen in Oktober 2016. With the acqusition of the traditional Hamburg-beased shipyard Lürssen wants to strengthen its naval newbuild activities. But the yard is also planned as a base for repairs and refits of yachts, naval, and commercial ships. In the past few years the Asian shipyards which normally have most competences in the construction of merchant ships, also tried to gain a foothold in building passenger ship – with moderate success, as the example AIDA has shown. The Asians must have realized that the construction of a passenger ship cannot be as simple as a cargo vessel. As a result, the deliveries of the two ships of the AIDAprima class built by Japanese shipyard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been delayed for several months. This is probably one of the reasons why the German cruise company returned to Meyer Werft. Of course, that Marine and Offshore Doors – Made in Germany. Established in 1919 A-, B-, C- and H-class doors … Only the best should be standard. Hinged and sliding doors with and without glass. Podszuck ® GmbH Klausdorfer Weg 163 • 24148 Kiel Germany • Tel. +49 (0) 431 6 6111-0 Fax +49 (0) 431 6 6111-28 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.podszuck.eu Mega yacht »Dilbar« Photo: Kyle Conlin is a good sign for the German shipbuilding market. The company’s orderbook is full. »Nearly all of the main cruise companies belong to our customers«, the shipyard said in a press release. At its three locations in Papenburg, Rostock-Warnemünde and Turku in Finland the group will build around 20 vessels until 2023, eleven of them will be constructed in Papenburg. This means that the shipyard group will be fully utilized for the coming years. The takeover of the former Nordic Yards by the Hong Kong-based Genting Group is also good news for the German shipbuilding industry. The new company called MV Werften with shipyard locations in Wismar, Rostock-Warnemünde and Stralsund was founded in the first half of 2016. In 2015, the Genting Group had already bought Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven. The Group have announced that they intend to build several seagoing cruise ships and river cruisers in all of their new locations in Germany in the near future. In Wismar they have already started with the construction of two river cruise vessels for Crystal River Cruises, a subsidiary of the Genting Group, has already started in Wismar. These newbuildings are scheduled for delivery this year. Furthermore, in January the steel cutting of the two sister ships took place in Wismar. This duo is destined to be delivered in 2018. Upon the takeover, the company announced the intention to build a minimum of two big vessels and one smaller unit per year. In 46 HANSA International Maritime Journal – 154. Jahrgang – 2017 – Nr. 2
Ships Made in Germany Schiffstechnik | Ship Technology November 2016, MV Werften published their schedule for the following five years. In addition to the four river cruisers three exploration yachts of the Endeavor Class with 20,000 gt each have been ordered by Crystal Yacht Cruises. The deliveries are scheduled for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Furthermore, two mega cruise ships of the Global Class for Star Cruises are to be handed over in 2020 and 2021. The size of the vessels is more than 200,000 gt each. In December 2016, Fassmer announced a contract for building three vessels for the German police. They will be fitted out with helicopter platforms. According to the shipyard the »Super Puma«, the biggest helicopter of the German police forces, will be able to land there. In the same month, the shipyard located in Berne on the river Weser received an order from the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) to build a survey and research vessel. According to the shipyard the new »Atair« will be the world’s first authority vessel with gas propulsion and the largest ship of the BSH fleet with 74 m in length. It will replace the former »Atair« in 2020. The Hamburg Port Authority also contracted Fassmer to build a new modern fire fighting vessel. The ship of 43.5 m is designed for operations in the port of Hamburg. This summer Fugro will get its new offshore survey vessel named »Fugro Venturer«from Fassmer. Furthermore, this year the deliveries of three rescue boats of the famous 9.5/10.1 m class for the German Maritime Search and Rescue Association (DGzRS) are planned. Also scheduled for the coming years are three other rescue vessels for the same customer, two with a length of 20 m and one ship of 27.90 m which is a sister to the »Berlin« that has been delivered in December last year.Tamsen Maritim from Rostock is also focused on building rescue boats. This year and in 2018 the delivery of one rescue boat each is on the list. Flensburger Schiffau-Gesellschaft (FSG) announced a number of newbuildings for the coming years. This year, DFDS is awaiting two RoRo vessels, each with a length of 209.79 m. In May 2016 the shipyard has entered into orders for building two further RoRo vessels with the Siem Group. The Siem Group took over FSG in November 2014 and will charter out the vessels long term in a bareboat charter to DFDS. The design of the ves- FSG and sels has been developed by successfully delivered to sever- Photo: DGzRS Rescue vessel »Berlin« HANSA International Maritime Journal – 154. Jahrgang – 2017 – Nr. 2 47
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