Germans in running for conversions

Germans tipped for heavy ferry conversion Germans tipped for heavy ferry conversion

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.

Scandlines invited tenders in February for conversion of its two new 169.5m ferries Berlin and Copenhagen and wanted to sign contracts in April with the first ship for delivery in 2015. However a Scandlines spokeswoman said in March interested yards were asking for more time for tenders because of the complexity of the jobs.

The conversions, costing at least €50 million per ship, were said to involve the removal of two upper decks and the replacement of one deck, bridge and crew quarters with aluminium structures. This would save 780tons, reduce passenger numbers but retain cargo capacity. A hybrid propulsion system was also reported planned.

The ships remained at P+S Werften in Stralsund where they were largely completed when it went bankrupt. Scandlines refused them because they were overweight. This year however it bought them back for €31.6 million after cancelling an order for replacement newbuildings with Finland’s STX.

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