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Cruise work rounds off busy year for German yards
Cruise ships have been to the fore at the German repair yards during the latter part of 2010, writes Tom Todd. 01 Jan 2011
LWB wins ‘Mein Schiff 2’ refit job
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). 02 Dec 2010
Bredo uses cast-off sections as LWB consolidates
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. 31 Mar 2011
Lloyd Werft to build new cable-layer type
Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) will build the 7,000 dwt ‘Beluga Connection’, the first cable-layer for new German company Beluga Offshore Cable. 14 Feb 2011
Germans complete second big conversion
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. 28 Apr 2011
Specialist jobs for German repair yards
Two Weser-based ship repair yards – Bremerhavener Dock (Bredo) and Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) - have added specialist plum overhaul contracts to already busy workloads. 14 May 2011
Specialist conversions shine at German repair yards
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. 29 Sep 2011
Ship conversion underway, but with delay
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. 12 Aug 2011
Yards home-in on repair as newbuild work sags
A lack of newbuilding is again nudging larger German shipyards into repair, writes Tom Todd. 31 Dec 2011
Yards seek repair as newbuilding dries up
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. 01 Nov 2011
Cruise ships dock at German repair yards
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. 18 Nov 2011
Minerva conversion coup as LWB work booms
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. 05 Dec 2011
German yards eye offshore but pallet remains broad
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. 01 Apr 2012
Germans finish off Korean newbuilds
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. 27 Feb 2012
Mixed fortunes in German yards as offshore booms
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. 01 May 2012
Wind farm ships near completion at LWB
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. 01 May 2012
German repair flurry is cross-board
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. 27 Jul 2012
'Queen Victoria' to LWB with pod damage
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. 15 Sep 2012
Lloyd Werft gets Schlumberger conversions
Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven has won a contract from oilfield service provider Schlumberger to convert two platform supply vessels into well-service ships for North Sea operation, reports Tom Todd. 23 Oct 2012
Repair and overhaul flurry at German yards
A flurry of big ships calling for repair and overhaul has been reported at front-running German shipyards, writes Tom Todd. 04 Apr 2013
Lloyd Werft bags offshore newbuild
Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) has bagged a contract to build a 33,000gt construction and pipe-laying vessel for delivery to London-based CEONA, reports Tom Todd. 28 May 2013
Second Schlumberger ship at LWB
A second 93m offshore platform supply ship chartered by Schlumberger has arrived at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) for conversion into a well-service vessel, reports Tom Todd. 19 Jun 2013
Offshore construction ships get 6 x MAN 32/44 power
MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced an order to supply the main gensets for a multi-layer vessel newbuilding, recently commenced by Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven for UK client Ceona. 06 Aug 2013
Another AIDA order for Lloyd Werft
A second cruise ship from AIDA Cruises was scheduled to dock at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven in October. The 'AIDAcara' called 7 October to 13 October following 'AIDAbella' which was at the yard in April. 09 Aug 2013
Cruise ship repair follows special jobs
As the first cruise ships dock for regular seasonal overhauls in the big German yards, the impression of a relatively quiet summer is hard to dispel, but appearances may have been deceptive, reports Tom Todd 30 Nov 2013
Yards stay busy as production switches bite
According to Tom Todd, both large and small yards in Germany are reaping the benefits of diversification and streamlined production, and have attracted some significant newbuild orders despite some still-unresolved failures along the way. 27 Jan 2014
German yards stay active on a wide front
German repair yards went into the New Year with a varied and interesting spread of work, but, as Tom Todd writes, it is the smaller facilities which are again drawing most of the attention. 28 Feb 2014
Offshore and cruise dominate spring repair
Offshore vessels in all their complex variety, along with seasonal cruise ships, dominate an active repair and conversion scene in Germany this spring, reports Tom Todd. 14 Apr 2014
Germans in running for conversions
Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven and Blohm & Voss Repair in Hamburg were reported in the running for two major conversions planned by Scandlines as 'The Motorship' went to press, writes Tom Todd. 14 Apr 2014
LWB to carry out further cruise upgrade
German repair yard Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) has announced that it has received an order to carry out a comprehensive package of conversion work on the V.Ships/Phoenix Seereisen cruise ship ‘Artania’. 04 Jun 2014
Variety marks flexible German newbuilding
Meyer Werft’s delivery of its biggest-ever cruise ship and its mind-boggling €1.6 billion order for two more 164,600gt Breakaway Plus newbuilds highlight German newbuilding this autumn: but they are not the only highlights in an active year which has seen a variety of orders and deliveries as the dust settles on another round of shipyard ownership changes, as Tom Todd reports. 03 Sep 2014
Retrofits spice up German yard work
Routine dockings in quite a few German yards of late have been complemented by complex scrubber, ballast water plant and LNG retrofits as owners move to meet new environmental regulations, reports Tom Todd 03 Sep 2014
Lloyd Werft swaps Artania engines
Work has begun at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) on replacing four Pielstick main engines with Wärtsilä units as part of the comprehensive modernisation of the 44,588gt cruise ship 'Artania', writes Tom Todd. 13 Oct 2014
Varied work stamps German repair sector
Big ships and engine swaps have been in the news in the German repair sector of late while research ships have made their periodic yard rounds and scrubber installations continue to keep some facilities busy; Tom Todd reports. 30 Nov 2014
Versatile vessel addresses deepwater challenge
The ‘Ceona Amazon’ multi-function tie-back, field development and construction vessel is regarded as a game-changer capable of executing all aspects of deepwater projects in environmentally-challenging locations for keener logistic costs. By David Tinsley. 26 May 2015
Lloyd Werft to build cruise ship quintet
Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) has signed a letter of intent for three ocean-going cruise liners understood to be of around 120,000gt and two top-end inland cruise ships, writes Tom Todd. 21 Jul 2015
Early deals tipped for Genting and LWB
A deal between Malaysia’s Genting Group and Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) on a major shareholding could be clinched by the end of August, writes Tom Todd. 03 Aug 2015