Genting Hong Kong’s Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay personally initiated the start of steel cutting for the 342 m long, 208,000 gross ton Global 2, which will be one of the largest and technologically most advanced cruise ships in the world.
66 young men and women were ceremoniously welcomed at the three locations of MV WERFTEN on 2 September. The trainees are being trained in seven specialist areas. A total of 282 recruits are currently learning skills at the shipyard group.
The new building located at the Alter Holzhafen in Wismar was officially opened on 19 August. Park Inn by Radisson is managed by Radisson Hospitality AB under a franchise contract with MV WERFTEN. It has 98 rooms, a restaurant and a bar. The special feature of the hotel is that the rooms were fabricated as ship cabins by MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule in Wismar.
On 28 June, the shipbuilding group MV WERFTEN received a special award for exemplary and convincing innovation management: the TOP 100 seal of approval, confirming that it is one of the 100 most innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Germany.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima today visited the MV WERFTEN Rostock facility to be briefed about the construction of the first Global Class cruise ship and the training programme at the shipyard group. A maritime symposium for German and Dutch companies was held on the shipyard site parallel to the royal visit.
At a press conference in Rostock, the management of MV WERFTEN announced details of its shipbuilding projects, completed investment programme and plans for the future.
MV WERFTEN - three years under the flag of Genting
With its hiring of a married couple from Wismar, the cabin fabrication company MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule now has a team of over 100 employees. The newcomers Verena and Matthias Riebe will be employed in procurement and work preparation respectively. The company’s staff is to increase to up to 200 in the medium term.
Twelve apprentices celebrated their last day of training today at a small ceremony held in Wismar. Each apprentice received a certificate and an employment contract: The shipyard group offered each apprentice a permanent position. The group is still accepting applications for the new training year.
The shipyard group MV WERFTEN is acquiring the Rostock-based Neptun Ship Design, which as Germany’s largest ship design office has enjoyed an excellent reputation worldwide for decades thanks to its impressive know-how and successful designs.
MV WERFTEN put into operation the laser-hybrid welding line in its new hall 11 for producing panels measuring up to 25 x 16 meters for the Global Class cruise ships. In future, close on 150 employees per shift will work in the hall complex.
As Chief Technology Officer, Raimon Strunck will be responsible for project management, design, planning as well as procurement and logistics.
At 204,000 gross ton and 2,500 suites and cabins, she will be the largest cruise ship ever built in Germany, with the most advanced digital technology.
The construction of the accommodation facility located at the Alter Holzhafen in Wismar continues to progress: the traditional topping-out ceremony was celebrated today with representatives of MV WERFTEN, Genting Hong Kong, associate companies and the Hanseatic city all in attendance. Partners and guests of the shipyard will be able to stay in the 104-room facility from 2019.
At a ceremony in Wismar today, 105 apprentices and 12 dual-system students were welcomed into the company’s fold. They will be trained at three locations and in six different professions.
The keel of “Crystal Endeavor”, the world’s largest and most spacious polar-class expedition yacht at 20,000 gross tons with just 200 guests was laid in MV WERFTEN Stralsund shipyard today. The ceremony was attended by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Prime Minister, Manuela Schwesig.
Over the past two years, since its inception and under the directorship of Jarmo Laakso (67), MV WERFTEN has seen a period of dynamic growth. Because of personal reasons, Jarmo Laakso will now be stepping down as COO and will be leaving the executive board on July 31, 2018. He will continue to serve as an advisor and consultant to the shipbuilding group.
The 216-meter cruise ship will be used in Wismar as a residential ship for partners and suppliers.
Zwölf Auszubildende und fünf duale Studenten erhielten am Standort Stralsund ihre Facharbeiterzeugnisse.
Carsten J. Haake joins the company's management team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
“Crystal Ravel” was handed over in Wismar today. It is the fourth Rhine Class ship that MV WERFTEN has built for Crystal River Cruises.
Appointments further strengthen the management team of MV WERFTEN as it embarks on building the 20,000 gross ton Endeavor Class expedition ships in Stralsund and the 204,000 gross ton Global Class ships in Wismar and Rostock.
With “Crystal Debussy”, MV WERFTEN has now delivered the third in the series of four Rhine Class vessels.
The first steel cut for the most technologically advanced cruise ship in the world with artificial intelligence was made by Genting Hong Kong’s CEO and Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay today.
With the topping-out ceremony for MV WERFTEN's new shipbuilding hall at its Rostock site, the company has reached an important milestone. Starting in September, the Global Class ship panels will be fabricated here. Overall, the shipyard group is investing more than 80 million Euros in the hall, an investment that will also create 200 new jobs.
The shipyard group is constructing a special accommodation center for subcontractors and guests at the Alter Holzhafen in Wismar; visitors will be able to spend the night in cruise ship cabins. The new building, which comprises 104 rooms, is scheduled to open by winter 2018-2019.
The company signed a purchase agreement today with the Hanseatic city of Wismar to purchase land for a new warehouse, adding 6,000 square meters of space to house more than 300 prefabricated cruise ship cabins.
Start of steel cutting for “Crystal Endeavor”, the first Polar Class expedition yacht for Crystal in Stralsund
“Crystal Mahler”, the second of four Rhine Class river ships, was ceremoniously handed over to Crystal River Cruises in Wismar. Afterwards, the luxury river vessel was christened in the shipyard.
The start of cabin production was celebrated with great fanfare in Wismar today. MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule GmbH will supply fully prefabricated state-of-the-art passenger and crew cabins for the ships of the Global and Endeavor Class, with the first ones due as early as spring 2018.
90 apprentices and 12 students taking sandwich degree courses will be starting their professional lives with the shipbuilding group on 1 September. With 102 new recruits, MV WERFTEN will be taking on more young people in the new training year than any other company in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
At MV WERFTEN, construction work started on the new hall complex 11, which will house the new panel line and section line, as well as a line for section outfitting. With a volume of some €80 million, the new facility is one of the largest company investments in the region in the past decades.
The focus of the visit of the German Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy was on conversations with the management and employee representatives about the current shipbuilding and investment programme.
On 3 August, the handover ceremony for the 135-metre long river cruise vessel took place in Wismar, the first delivery under the flag of MV WERFTEN.
Janne Lukkonen was appointed new Director of Project Management on 1 August.
On 24 May, the first sections for “Crystal Debussy” and “Crystal Ravel” were laid on keel at MV WERFTEN in Wismar. The river yachts will be delivered to Crystal River Cruises in 2018.
The contract for this and next season was signed on 1 March by Managing Directors Jarmo Laakso and Richard Gruenhagen as well as SSC President Johannes Wienecke.
MV WERFTEN has appointed Richard Gruenhagen (54) as Managing Director of Finance and Administration effective as of 1 February. He will reinforce the Management Board of the shipbuilding group as new CFO.
During a ceremony in Wismar today, the apprentices received their training certificates as plant mechanics and construction mechanics. MV WERFTEN took on all 27 young skilled workers. As of 1 September, the shipbuilding group will hire 90 new apprentices.
Azipod propulsion amongst a series of solutions will improve safety and efficiency of new generation of ships for Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises.
The steel cutting ceremony for “Crystal Debussy” and “Crystal Ravel” at MV WERFTEN heralds the construction of two luxury river ships for Crystal River Cruises.
German shipyard MV WERFTEN, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, will install the Evac Complete Cleantech Solution on board two new “Global Class” ships for Star Cruises, the leading cruise line in the Asia-Pacific. The contract also covers two optional cruise vessels of the same class in the future.
The contract includes the classification of three ship newbuildings to be delivered in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
MV WERFTEN and MAN Diesel & Turbo have concluded a contract to equip two “Global Class” cruise ships for Star Cruises.
The building programme for the shipyard group was confirmed during the launch of the “Genting Dream” in Singapore, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.
The founding of an own cabin factory is part of the extensive investment programme of the MV WERFTEN Group for the Wismar site. Up to 200 new jobs will be created.
The number of employees will be doubled to 3,100 in the medium term. Employees for project planning, construction, planning, project management and purchasing will be especially sought.
Today the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, visited MV WERFTEN in Wismar, a shipbuilding venture of the Malaysian Genting Group in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. During his official visit, Najib Razak was informed on the shipyard group’s newbuilding and investment programme by Tan Sri Lim, Chairman of the Genting Group, and MV WERFTEN’s Managing Director Jarmo Laakso.
The shipyard group is to build a new production hall with an advanced laser-hybrid welding line in Rostock as part of its total investment plan. Contracts with Pemamek, Inros Lackner and Warnow Design were signed in Rostock on 27 September.
MV WERFTEN signed a letter of intent with the engineering company Foreship in Stralsund today. The agreement includes parts of the basic design as well as design, purchasing and production assistance of the “Endeavor” class luxury expedition yachts. The 20,000 GT cruise vessels will be built at MV WERFTEN Stralsund, with production starting late 2017 and deliveries from spring 2019.
The first two of four “Rhine class” river cruise ships are simultaneously under construction at MV WERFTEN in Wismar. Delivery of the 7-star vessels “Crystal Bach” and “Crystal Mahler” to Crystal River Cruises will be in 2017.
Damit wurde ein weiterer Meilenstein bei der Entwicklung der „Global Class“-Serie für Star Cruises erreicht. Die Ablieferung der Kreuzfahrtschiffe ist ab 2020 geplant.
Further investment of more than €100 million will make MV WERFTEN the most modern cruise shipbuilding group with an output of two Neo-Panamax and one Panamax cruise ships a year.