Cruise ships have been to the fore at the German repair yards during the latter part of 2010, writes Tom Todd.
TUI Cruises, the German premium market cruiseship operator, has placed the order for the refitting of the company’s second ship with Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven (LWB).
German repair facility Bremerhavener Dock (Bredo) is using a relatively slack period to save costs and complete a novel repair-related project in a deal which appears to have done everyone some good.
Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) will build the 7,000 dwt ‘Beluga Connection’, the first cable-layer for new German company Beluga Offshore Cable.
The €50 million conversion of Mein Schiff 2 – the second big cruise ship for the new TUI Kreuzfahrten venture in Germany - was completed in Bremerhaven on schedule just before the Bank Holiday weekend.
Two Weser-based ship repair yards – Bremerhavener Dock (Bredo) and Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) - have added specialist plum overhaul contracts to already busy workloads.
Specialist conversions, some of them unusual, have been among the highlights of recent activity at German repair yards, particularly the smaller facilities, writes Tom Todd.
The conversion of one unusual specialist ship into another is now underway at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven, Germany, as planned, but completion has been delayed by a fortnight, according to the yard.
A lack of newbuilding is again nudging larger German shipyards into repair, writes Tom Todd.
Several German shipyards have revealed they are turning to repair to help fill gaps left by a shortage of newbuilding orders, but that the competition for repair is also growing.
Germany’s two leading ship repair yards – Blohm + Voss Repair and Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) – are tackling work on a string of big cruise ships in welcome end-of-year employment for all.
The 12,499gt British cruise ship ‘Minerva’ is now at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) for a multi-million pound conversion lasting more than two months - one of the longest jobs for some time at the German yard.
Eyes may be sharply focussed on offshore in German yards but the repair and conversion pallet remains as wide and flexible as ever – and has to be if even small work is to be won against stiff competition all round, writes Tom Todd.
Wind farm installation vessels ‘Victoria Mathias’ and ‘Friedrich Ernestine’ are being finished off at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) in work which local reports said would last two to three months, writes Tom Todd.
Tom Todd relates a story of mixed fortunes currently in German newbuilding with some yards busy and prospering while others struggle to find work and stay afloat. Proving a blessing is offshore work, specifically tough wind power transport and installation newbuildings and yards continue to switch production to join in the boom.
Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) said on 30 April the two wind farm installation ships ‘Victoria Mathias’ and ‘Friedrich Ernestine’, at the yard since February for unspecified work, will be completed in May and June.
Repair activity in widely diversified German yards this summer has involved a famous sailship, a cruise liner, luxury yachts and offshore installation vessels, writes Tom Todd.
Cunard-operated, 90,000gt Queen Victoria is to undergo an unscheduled dry-docking at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven in October for “essential maintenance work” related to bearing problems in one of her ABB Azipod propulsion units, writes Tom Todd.
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