MV WERFTEN has started constructing a new hall complex that will house its new panel, section and section outfitting lines at the shipbuilder’s shipyard in Rostack, Germany.
The symbolic first cut of the spade, carried out by Genting Group’s Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
’s Minister for Economic Affairs Harry Glawe, Rostock‘s senior mayor Roland Methling and MV WERFTEN Chief Operating Officer Holger Tepper, signaled the beginning of the construction of the new hall 11.
The future shipbuilding complex will be 385 meters long, 99 meters wide and up to 24 meters high. Centerpiece will be a semiautomatic panel line, one of the most advanced in the world, welding panels of up to 25 x 16 meters. The laser
-hybrid technique offers high quality standards at less heat production. Hall 11 will also house a new section building line and a section outfitting line.
Upon the facility’s commissioning in summer 2018, the Rostock site will then manufacture 80 large sections per ship of the 342-metre long Global Class vessels.
“With these new facilities we will significantly increase the capacity of our steel prefabrication – and thus increase our productivity too,” explained Tepper in the course of the event. “Around 200 employees will be working in the new hall complex.”
In the mid-term, the number of employees at the site will rise to 1,000, MV WERFTEN said.
In total, more than €100 million ($118 million) will be invested in the Rostock yard, about €80 million ($94 million) which will be in the new hall, marking one of the largest company investments in the region in the past decades.
“With this groundbreaking ceremony, MV WERFTEN is taking the next step in its comprehensive investment program for the three sites in our federal state. Not only Rostock-Warnemünde, but also the sites in Stralsund and Wismar will profit from this expansion,” Glawe said at the ceremony. “This is a good prospect for the entire maritime industry here in our state.”