Wismar (dpa) – Almost five months after the bankruptcy of the MV Werften group, the continuation of shipbuilding at the Wismar plant is assured. Submarine constructor Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) Kiel has bought a shipyard in Wismar and plans to build military ships there from 2024. “We didn’t come to stay in the short or medium term. We will stay here in the long run, ”TKMS CEO Oliver Burkhard promised on Friday after the working meeting.
The shipyard in Wismar is a very good addition to the main business in Kiel, which is already reaching its limits and expecting further orders due to the changed security situation in the world. The Federal Council also paved the way on Friday for a significant increase in military spending, which is also expected to improve naval equipment.
Burkhard presented the prospect of employing 800 people initially for Wismar, for which temporary solutions would have to be put in place before production starts in about two years. Qualification measures and leasing of temporary workers are discussed. In the medium term, the number of employees is expected to increase to 1,500. According to Burkhard, apprentices and engineers are hired immediately. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is one of the world’s leading maritime companies with approximately 6,500 employees, producing submarines, corvettes and frigates, and developing maritime safety technology.
The Wismar crew welcomed the takeover of the shipyard. “Happiness,” said one of the shipbuilders. “We are all glad that after two and a half years, the constant crisis mode is over and that Wismar and all employees have a perspective,” emphasized works council member Ines Scheel. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Minister of Economy, Reinhard Meyer (SPD), described the commitment of TKMS as “a guarantee for the continuation of shipbuilding in Wismar”.
In the case of MV, which once owned 3,000 shipbuilders, bankruptcy was declared in January after a long period of deadlock. Owner of the shipyard Genting Hong Kong, which is mainly active in the tourism and gambling areas and the cruise ships were manufactured at MV for their own needs, ran out of money as a result of the crown pandemic. Even federal and state rescue packages could not prevent the shipyards from going bankrupt.
With the signing of the contract for Wismar on Thursday, a credible prospect arose in the first of the three locations of the MV shipyard in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, said bankruptcy trustee Christoph Morgen. Shipbuilding in Wismar is permanently secured. “I am delighted that at TKMS we had a partner with whom we were able to come up with a solution in a short time,” explained Morgen. He did not comment on the agreed purchase price.
Morgen was confident that a solution would soon be found for the Rostock-Warnemünde shipyard. There are several stakeholders for localization. Among them is the federal government, which wants to create a maritime arsenal there for the maintenance and repair of ships. About 500 shipbuilders could work there. After bankruptcy, the shipyard in Stralsund was taken over by the city in order to create a marine business park there.
The bankruptcy administrator Morgen expressed skepticism about the prospects for the completion of the Wismar-based cruise ship Global One, which Genting had commissioned. Although there were plans to finance the remainder of the work, no buyer was found. The ship, which should carry around 9,000 passengers and a crew of 2,500, is 75 percent ready. The goal now is to get the ship ready so that it can eventually be taken to another shipyard and built there to completion. This should happen by 2023 at the latest, so that the hall would be free for the new owner of the yard.
The marketing of the ocean giant is also of great importance for the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which has secured the construction with millions of guarantees. Huge losses are imminent. “I am not calm about guarantees and risks for the country,” admitted Minister Meyer.
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