Stena Line To Close Trelleborg-Sassnitz Route
Stena Line will permanently suspend operations on its ferry route between Trelleborg, Sweden and Sassnitz, Germany due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European operator announced on Wednesday.The cancellation comes after Stena Line announced in March it would temporarily suspend operations on the route.Stena Line has initiated discussions with the workers' council Betriebsrat in Germany. The ferry FS Sassnitz is laid up in Port of Mukran, Sassnitz, until further notice. In recent years…
Stena Line Invests in Ferry Upgrades
Powered by growth on the Rostock and Trelleborg route, Stena Line announced plans to invest $5.5m in a refit and renovation of the cabins and public spaces onboard the two ships, FS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and M/S Skåne.The refit will start in the end of December and take place both during the planned yard visits and during operation. The project will be finished in time before the peak season 2020.Renovation will cover all cabins and public areas, corridors and food outlets. Onboard…
Iberdrola's Wikinger OWF Passes DNV GL Test
The energy advisory and certification body DNV GL has awarded Iberdrola Renovables Offshore Deutschland GmbH the project certificate for its Wikinger offshore wind farm.The 350 megawatt offshore wind farm project located in the German Baltic sea is fully certified for safe and reliable power generation.The certification was carried out according to the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH – Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie) and covers all stages of the design assessment and implementation phase of the wind turbines…
Dutch Royal Couple Visits MV WERFTEN
Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands called at MV WERFTEN’s Rostock facility in the course of their working visit to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. They were accompanied by the Dutch Infrastructure Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and the Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Manuela Schwesig. The Dutch royal couple’s working visit serves to cultivate and further intensify relations between the two countries.Hundreds of shipyard employees lined up to give the royal visitors a warm welcome on their arrival at the shipyard.
Stena Installs Japanese Sleeping Pods
European ferry operator Stena Line has installed Japanese sleeping pods on its Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Skåne vessels, operating between Rostock in Germany and Trelleborg in Sweden.Stena Line is the first ferry company to offer its customers Japanese sleeping pods which will be a cost-efficient way to sleep and rest during the crossing.The pods are inspired by Japanese capsule hotels offer 2m2space for one person and can be booked from today and will be available for travellers from April 1st.“We see it as an innovative offer for a cost-conscious target group…
MV WERFTEN Lays Keel for Crystal Endeavor
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Prime Minister, Manuela Schwesig were among those in attendance at a keel laying ceremony for the world’s largest polar-class expedition yacht held Tuesday in Germany.The ceremony marked a construction milestone for the 20,000 gross ton luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor, currently being built for Crystal Cruises at MV WERFTEN's Stralsund shipyard.“The keel laying of Crystal Endeavor here in my political hometown of Stralsund marks a special moment for me that is doubly significant…
German Shipbuilding: A Strong Vessel in a Heavy Sea
While orders for new vessels have continued to decline worldwide in 2017, the situation in the German and European shipbuilding market is different, with an increase of incoming orders. As shipping experts state: “…this is not a trend but a snapshot, but it indicates a high competitiveness of the German shipbuilding industry, particularly on technologically advanced projects.”The global mood barometer of the maritime industry had reached its lowest point in 2016. From the abyss confidence and order have carefully increased…
MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule Starts Production
MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule GmbH will supply fully prefabricated state-of-the-art passenger and crew cabins for the ships of the Global and Endeavor Class, with the first ones due as early as spring 2018. With the building of the first reference cabin, MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule GmbH officially started production September 1. Genting Hong Kong Group President Colin Au, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Economics Minister Harry Glawe and numerous representatives of MV WERFTEN attended the landmark occasion.
MV WERFTEN Constructing New Shipbuilding Hall
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.
Cruise Shipping's Rising Star
Genting Hong Kong is a rapidly growing global travel brand, spreading its wings – literally and figuratively – into ocean cruise, yacht, river cruise, air and shipbuilding. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News speaks with key executives at Genting Hong Kong: Mona Lai, SVP Corporate Communication; Gustaf Gronberg, SVP Shipbuilding & Marine Operations; and Jarmo Lakso, Managing Director, MV Werften, for insights on the future growth strategy. Genting Hong Kong has been an active newsmaker in the cruise sector during the past year.
MV WERFTEN, Foreship Sign Design Agreements
MV WERFTEN signed a letter of intent with the engineering company Foreship in Stralsund today. The agreement includes parts of the basic design as well as design, purchasing and production assistance of the “Endeavor” class luxury expedition yachts. The 20,000 GT cruise vessels will be built at MV WERFTEN Stralsund, with production starting late 2017 and deliveries from spring 2019. “We are excited to build a series of the world's first purpose-built expedition yachts, with PC6 polar-class designation,” stated Jarmo Laakso, Managing Director of MV WERFTEN.
MV Werften Begins Building Crystal’s New Cruise Ships
The first two of four Rhine class river cruise ships are simultaneously under construction at MV WERFTEN in Wismar. Delivery of the 7-star vessels Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler to Crystal River Cruises will be in 2017. Shipbuilder MV WERFTEN held a keel-laying ceremony for two Rhine class river cruise ships in Wismar today. The Crystal Bach (yard number 120) and Crystal Mahler (yard number 123) are the first two of four new luxury river cruise vessels to be built in the completely covered dock shop.
Genting to Invest in Werften
Genting Hong Kong Ltd will invest 100 million euros in its German shipyard, MV Werften to focus on building new large ships. The three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bought this April would be named MV Werften, be managed in Wismar. The company will focus on eventually building three large cruise ships a year. Lloyd Werft, located in Bremerhaven and bought last September, will focus on its prior business of repairs, conversion and building of megayachts. MV Werften has covered docks, fabrication halls and painting shops, but will be upgraded in the near future.
Newly Formed MV WERFTEN to Focus on Cruise Builds
Genting Hong Kong announced that the three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bought this April will be named as MV WERFTEN*, be managed in Wismar and will focus on building large new cruise ships. Lloyd Werft located in Bremerhaven and bought last September will focus on its prior business of repairs, conversion and building of megayachts. “To make MV WERFTEN one of the world’s most modern and efficient cruise shipyards, we will invest 100 million euros in a thin plate laser welding line…
The German Shipbuilding Rebound
German shipbuilding has made a significant turnaround. The country’s shipbuilding industry has seen increases in the number of employees, orders and deliveries compared to 2013, according to the German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association (VSM). The special shipbuilding sector drove this growth, as 20 of the 34 delivered new builds could be classified as high-quality special vessels or naval units. Although VSM announces its annual balance officially in May of each year, MR was able to obtain some early insights into the results.
The Art of Propeller Making
The world’s biggest propellers have their cradle in the North of Germany. MMG – Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH – has manufactured for more than 65 years propellers for ships, including the biggest and fastest, in the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. With the manufacture of propellers up to 130 tons, its manufacturing process requires a delicate hand and lots of patience. Despite the fact that commercial shipbuilding has shifted to the Far East, the melting-furnaces in Waren an der Müritz, headquarters of MMG, have not switched off.
Fire Aboard Wind Farm OSV Extinguished
A fire broke out in the engine room of the offshore support vessel (OSV) 'Sea Gale' while in the vicinity of the wind farm Meer Wind, 15 miles north of Heligoland, according to Maritime Denmark. The blaze began in the engine room and spread to the exhaust system on the 24 -meter-long vessel owned by A2SEA, which had three crew members on board. In addition to the multipurpose vessel Mellum, the warships Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern were involved in the fire fight. The tanker Spessart remained on stand-by to help the crew of the Sea Gale.
Nordic Yards at Russia's Top Shipbuilding Fair
"Russia is and will remain an essential market for us", stated Vitaly Yusufov, owner and Managing Director of Nordic Yards. Currently there are a number of Russian contracts in the Nordic order books. For example yesterday, September 23, construction of two ice-breaking rescue and salvage ships ordered by Russia's Ministry of Transport in December 2012 started at the Nordic Yards shipyard in Wismar. After delivery in 2015 they will be used for patrol and rescue operations on the northern Polar Sea route.
German Shipbuilding Prospects are Fair & Partly Cloudy
While economies across Europe have essentially bumbled, stumbled and fumbled in the wake of the global economic meltdown, Germany has remained comparitively strong. Despite the general migration of shipbuilding to the Far East, we decided to check in on the current status of this proud nation with a strong maritime heritage. German shipbuilders concentrated in 2012 on building cruise ships, megayachts, freight ferries and additional high-value, specialty ships. In total, nine German shipyards across 12 shipbuilding sites supplied 21 sea going ships with a total tonnage of 473,700.
Stena Line Extends Contract with MCP
Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) has signed an extended contract to deliver wireless communication services to Stena Line’s European ferry operations. MCP, a onboard communications provider, has announced the extension of its partnership with Stena Line. The new contract is an extension of the existing contract, and expands MCP’s wireless communication services on to an additional two Stena Line vessels. These vessels include the former Scandlines vessels Sassnitz and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The new contract will ensure the most reliable end-to-end wireless services available. Passengers will have access to state of the art mobile communication services, with MCP enhancing today’s GSM service with higher bandwidth systems like 3G and LTE in the coming years.
Rescue Aid for German Shipbuilder Approved by EC
The European Commission has authorised under EU state aid rules, a state guarantee backing a rescue loan of €152.4 million for the German shipbuilder P+S Werften in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The aid is in line with EU rules on rescue aid because it is limited in time and scope. The Commission approved the measure temporarily, until it can take a position on the restructuring plan to be submitted by Germany within maximum six months. The Commission authorised a short-term measure to tackle liquidity problems and enable P+S Werften to pay creditors and properly maintain production pending the implementation of a restructuring plan. P+S Werften GmbH was created in 2010 through the merger of the two long-established German shipbuilding companies Volkswerft Stralsund GmbH and Peene Werft GmbH.
Oil Slick Threatens Danish Coast
Massive oil slicks threatened to pollute the Danish coast on Thursday after a tanker collided with a freighter in the Baltic Sea, creating one of the biggest oil leaks ever to foul Danish waters. "The leak is one of the biggest we have seen. We are preparing to prevent oil pollution hitting the Danish coast," a coastguard spokesman said. Six ships from Denmark, Germany and Sweden were on their way to try to contain the oil, coastguards said. The tanker, en route to Gothenburg, Sweden with a cargo from Estonia, leaked more than 1,500 tons of heavy heating oil after the collision that occurred between Germany and Denmark, officials said.
MAN B&W Hits New Milestone in Emission Control
MAN B&W Diesel A/S, Holeby, Denmark, has recently tested and supplied a package consisting of two 8L21/31 and two 6L21/31 GenSets. These GenSets will power an advanced Diesel-Electric research vessel for the State Ministry of Education & Science of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The vessel, Maria S. Merian, is now under construction at the Lürssen-Krögerwerft, Rendsburg, Germany, and is scheduled for delivery towards the end of the year. ‘Blue Angel’ is a German standard for environmentally friendly technology, which covers a wide range of subjects. In the marine world, ‘Blue Angel’ has a comprehensive set of rules, including exhaust emission from diesel engines. ‘Blue Angel’ only allows a NOx emission of 80% of the IMO limits.