German Federal Minister Names DFDS Ro/Ro Vessel

MarineLink.com
Friday, August 23, 2013
(left to right) Henrik Hessellund, Captain of the Ark Germania; Berthold Brinkmann, Administrator of P+S Werften; Dr. Alexander Badrow, Lord Mayor of Stralsund; German Federal Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka; Peder Gellert Pedersen, Executive Vice President Shipping Division DFDS and Axel Schulz, Representative of the Administrator at the Volkswerft Stralsund

The Danish shipping company DFDS and Volkswerft Stralsund held a ceremony for newbuild no. 500: On the fitting-out quay at the shipyard the special-purpose Ro/Ro vessel was named Ark Germania by Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, in the presence of 150 invited guests.

In the weeks following the naming ceremony Volkswerft will continue the work on the “Roll on - Roll off Cargo” special-purpose vessel. It is scheduled to be delivered to DFDS, one of the biggest shipping companies in Northern Europe, in the fourth quarter of 2013. The shipbuilding work on the hull and the superstructure of the sister ship (new-build no. 501), which is in the assembly hall at the Volkswerft, is largely finished.

Peder Gellert Pedersen, Executive Vice President DFDS, said in the course of the naming ceremony, “I would like to thank everyone who believed in this project. The Ark Germania is the result of several years of close collaboration between the German and Danish military, and of the military with DFDS. This ship is a good example of the close connections between our two countries. At the same time it is also an example of what it means when good connections on an operational level in the respective armed forces are supported and developed on a political level. There is much talk about economic collaboration between the public sector and private companies. This ship is a good example of how such collaboration can succeed. And we hope to be able to develop this cooperative venture to the advantage of all the partners involved.”

The day of the naming ceremony took place during the closing stages of the construction of the Ro/Ro vessel. The interior furnishing is currently being carried out, then the nautical and engineering systems and equipment will be checked and tested. This will be followed by the overall commissioning, which will include a final sea trial.

At the beginning of 2013 Berthold Brinkmann (Brinkmann & Partner), Administrator at P+S Werften, again signed the contract with DFDS for the two structurally identical special-purpose transporters. During the naming ceremony he said, "I would especially like to thank the shipping company DFDS for the confidence they have shown in Volkswerft Stralsund with this order. The team worked intensively from January to August on this first ship, which is already well under way, and in doing so we have cooperated closely with the DFDS construction supervisors. The collaboration was characterized by an open exchange with DFDS regarding all challenges during the construction phase, and hence also by further development on the part of the shipyard. The construction of the second vessel, which is scheduled for handover to DFDS in the first quarter of 2014, is already running in parallel."

Berthold Brinkmann also thanked the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the Federal Government, which provided funding in November 2012 to ensure vessels can be built at Volkswerft throughout this year too.

Following the welcoming speech, German Federal Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka sent a bottle of champagne crashing against the ship and officially christened it with the name Ark Germania. Then the German and Danish national anthems were played. In well established tradition, the “godmother” handed the champagne bottle neck to Henrik Hessellund, captain of the Ark Germania.

The “Roll on – Roll off Cargo” special purpose transporter has a length of 195 meters, a container capacity of 342 TEUs, and a load capacity of 3,000 lane meters, on which up to 185 HGVs can be transported. The special-purpose ship is scheduled to be deployed on the international freight route service. In addition to its actual usage as a Ro/Ro ship, the new vessel will also be made available to the Danish armed forces and German army as and when required, for so-called "secured commercial strategic marine transportation" purposes. Germany and Denmark have been cooperating in the domain of strategic military transportation at sea since 2006.

DFDS was founded in 1866 and is today one of the leading shipping companies in Northern Europe with a network of 25 routes and with 55 vessels in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel.
 


People & Company News

STX to Slash Jobs, Sell Yard

To stat above water by restructuring, South Korean Shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. plans to lay off about a third of its workforce and sell a yard in France, says a report in WSJ.

Kongsberg Performs Well in Q2

Norwegian defence and marine technology company Kongsberg Gruppen's second quarter 2016 (Q2) financial results shows sales performance broadly in line with recent trends,

Rickmers Holding, E.R. Capital Drop Merger Plan

Rickmers Holding AG and E.R. Capital Holding have jointly decided not to pursue the merger of their ship management activities.   For many years the companies

Shipbuilding

Austal Dives into Loss

Australia’s largest shipbuilder Austal posted a full year loss of $84.28 million because a program to build war ships for the US Navy took longer than expected.

Keppel to Deliver First North Sea FPSO

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M)'s wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver a Floating Production Storage and Offloading

STX to Slash Jobs, Sell Yard

To stat above water by restructuring, South Korean Shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. plans to lay off about a third of its workforce and sell a yard in France, says a report in WSJ.

Navy

Michelle Obama Sponsors Attack Submarine

General Dynamics Electric Boat has delivered to the U.S. Navy an attack submarine that is sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and will be named for her home state, reports AP.

Indian Warships Visit Port Victoria

In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Seychelles and maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships Kolkata, Trikand and

White House: Iranian Ships' Actions in Gulf Increase Risk of Miscalculation

Actions by Iranian vessels in several encounters with U.S. warships in the Gulf this week are cause for concern and increase risks of miscalculation, the White House said on Friday.

News

Coast Guard Foundation Awarded 128 Scholarships

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that

Keppel to Deliver First North Sea FPSO

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M)'s wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver a Floating Production Storage and Offloading

NASA May Send Submarine to Titan

NASA has unveiled plans to send a submarine into the depths of the largest ocean of Saturn's biggest moon, Titan in a bid to explore the depths of its largest ocean.

Eye on the Navy

Indian Warships Visit Port Victoria

In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Seychelles and maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships Kolkata, Trikand and

Australia Warns DCNS after Security Breach

Australian defence officials warned French naval contractor DCNS to beef up security in Australia, where it is preparing to build a A$50 billion ($38.13 billion) fleet of submarines,

Iran Vessels Make 'High Speed Intercept' of US Ship

Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid

Vessels

C-Job Designs Flettner Freighter for Switijnk

The Dutch shipping company family Switijnk has contracted C-Job Naval Architects to develop a Rotor Sail-equipped design to meet their specific loading and sailing profile.

Damen Trading Sale hits 500th Vessel

30 years and 500 vessels later, Damen Trading is just getting started. Damen Trading’s story begins in 1986, with Damen Shipyards Group responding to growing market demand for used vessels.

Matson Orders Two ConRo Ships from NASSCO

Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a subsidiary of container shipper Matson, Inc., has signed a contract with U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO to build two

Government Update

White House: Iranian Ships' Actions in Gulf Increase Risk of Miscalculation

Actions by Iranian vessels in several encounters with U.S. warships in the Gulf this week are cause for concern and increase risks of miscalculation, the White House said on Friday.

Cochin Port Gets a Little 'Breathing Space'

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs of India, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for waiver of penal interest on Government

Iran Vessels Make 'High Speed Intercept' of US Ship

Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1516 sec (7 req/sec)