German repair flurry is cross-board

27 Jul 2012
B+V markets new yacht, but remains busy across the board.

B+V markets new yacht, but remains busy across the 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.

The German Navy’s 82.2m sail training ship Gorch Fock has left BREDO in Bremerhaven after extensive hull work which has taken much longer than first thought. She was towed back to the Elsflether Werft, which has no dock of its own, for re-rigging and trials. Reports said she would probably return to duty late September. The cost of the work, originally put at €500,000, was last estimated at €4.4 million.

Just completed at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg is the €15 million modernisation of the 51,044gt Crystal Symphony, which included rudder dismantling and overhaul, overhaul of bow and stern thrusters, propellers and seals, conservation and interior revamping.

The 53,462dwt boxship sisters Cap Roberta and Cap Ricarda slipped in for repairs and class work after work began on the first yacht to be built as part of new owner Star Capital’s strategy for the yard. The 80m+ hull arrived from Stahlbau Nord and no technical or owner details were given.

However B+V revealed details galore of its new 111m, 17knot vintage motor yacht design. Her propulsion plant will comprise  two 2,560kW diesels operating via gearbox and controllable pitch propeller plant as well as three 930kW gensets with soot filtration and bow and stern thrusters.

Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven told The Motorship that the two 100m x 40m Korean-built offshore installation ships Victoria Mathias and Friedrich Ernestine had left. The €100 million sisters arrived early this year from Korea for work which covered completion, parts replacement and refit.

In Kiel, still-troubled Lindenau Werft reported welcome repairs on two ships at the same time. One was the product tanker Seahake, built by Lindenau, and the other was the bulk carrier Ladytramp which came for urgent board crane work. Meanwhile even the nearby small Friedrich-Werft was full with the overhaul of the police boat Warnow and the German luxury yacht Lady M while hosting a pilot boat and a former Swedish patrol boat alongside.

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