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New ferry marks German operator’s 125 years
German ferry company Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei has celebrated its 125th anniversary with the Inauguration of its newest double-ended ferry, ‘Uthlande’. 24 Jun 2010
Innovative ferry ro-ro helps Sietas on new course
One of Germany’s oldest private shipyards, J.J.Sietas, has completed its first ro-pax newbuilding, the small, 75.1m, state-of-the-art, double-end ferry Uthlande, and with it entered a specialist sector still competitive for some European shipbuilders, writes Tom Todd. 31 Jul 2010
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German yard spirits rise as business picks up
Welcome newbuilding orders, impressive completions and some positive corporate moves against a background of improving markets have revived spirits this autumn in German shipyards, writes Tom Todd. 23 Sep 2010
German yards continue to build small ships
Just a few months after taking 'Uthlande' into service, German owner Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei (WDR) has taken advantage of an improved economic climate and interest rates to bring forward an order for a second double-ended ferry newbuilding, writes Tom Todd. 30 Nov 2010
Sietas books Germany’s first wind farm jack-up
Hamburg shipyard J.J.Sietas, on its knees and near collapse just two years ago, has become the first German yard to design and build an offshore wind energy transport and installation jack-up vessel. 09 Dec 2010
German shipyard output slumps in 2010
Struggling German shipyards delivered far fewer new ships in 2010 than they have for many years, conceding further market shares to Asia and themselves completing just 30 newbuildings of 783,500 gt, writes Tom Todd. 29 Dec 2010
German heavy-lifter takes world title
In December 2010 the J.J. Sietas Neuenfelde shipyard near Hamburg delivered the heavy lift ship ‘Svenja’ to Germany-based heavy lift company Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land (SAL), a joint venture with the Japanese 'K'-Line group. 31 Mar 2011
New management team for NMF
Crane and deck gear maker Neuenfelder Maschinenfabrik (NMF) has a new management team, Ralf Ressel (CEO) and Goran Curic as COO. 23 Mar 2011
Sietas to complete specialist ship
Van Oord, the Dutch dredging, marine and offshore contractor, has engaged the Sietas shipyard in Hamburg for the final fitting-out and commissioning of its new flexible fallpipe vessel Stornes. 12 Aug 2011
German newbuilding: time for the specialists
Times remain hard but German newbuilders are not giving up, writes Tom Todd. Specialist production changes underway almost everywhere to meet changing demand are being reflected in impressive newbuildings and in some unexpected new orders. 31 Oct 2011
German shipyard files for insolvency
The management of J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft GmbH u Co and J.J. Sietas Verwaltungs GmbH have filed a petition for insolvency at the Municipal Court Hamburg on 17 November 2011, due to over-indebtedness. 18 Nov 2011
Troubled Sietas group slashes 350 jobs
Insolvent private German shipyard J.J.Sietas has announced that 250 of its remaining 700 employees will lose their jobs up to May as the facility cuts its cloth to match its order load, writes Tom Todd. 19 Jan 2012
Sietas receivers renew windship order
An order placed by Van Oord of the Netherlands for a wind power transport and installation vessel with the troubled German JJ Sietas shipyard of Hamburg has been renewed, according to receiver Berthold Brinkmann. 03 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
Ferry delivered as investor interest grows
The first of two new double-ended ferries from the troubled German Sietas shipyard goes into service in the Baltic this month while the yard, still in receivership, reported new investor interest. 03 Apr 2012
Production of Dutch vessel starts at insolvent German yard
The Sietas shipyard in Hamburg has made a start on the construction of the first sections and blocks of the offshore wind power jack-up vessel for Dutch marine engineering company Van Oord. 03 Apr 2012
Sietas rescue package announced
Receiver Berthold Brinkmann, acting for the troubled Hamburg-based JJ Sietas shipbuilding group, says that five concrete offers have been received for the three companies in the group. 23 May 2012
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Sietas suction dredger christened
The suction dredger ‘Eke Möbius’, built by Sietas shipyard, has been handed over to hydraulic engineering company, Josef Möbius Bau-GmbH, and was christened last week. 01 Oct 2012
Sietas takeover deal threatened
Troubled German shipbuilder JJ Sietas Group has said that the planned takeover by the Dutch VeKa group may not be able to go ahead, because customer VanOord has not confirmed the order for a second wind farm vessel. 12 Dec 2012
Chinese eye insolvent Sietas yard
A delegation from Chinese ship and crane builder ZPMC will visit German shipyard Sietas next week prior to deciding whether to make an offer for the bankrupt facility, writes Tom Todd 08 Oct 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
Sietas Shipyard sold to Russians
After a two-year period, German insolvency administrator Berthold Brinkmann has announced a deal to sell the JJ Sietas shipyard in Hamburg to Pella of St Petersburg. 11 Feb 2014
Sietas delivers offshore installer
Just a week after being sold to the Russians, Sietas Shipyard in Hamburg-Neuenfelde Monday handed over what is, for the moment at least, its last big newbuilding, reports Tom Todd. 18 Feb 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
Scrubbers for bulker quartet
Pella Sietas Shipyard in Hamburg has begun installation of Alfa Laval scrubbers on four German bulkers – the first retrofits of this kind to be undertaken at the former J.J. Sietas yard since it was acquired by Russian owners last year, reports Germany correspondent Tom Todd. 17 Sep 2015