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Topping-out ceremony for the MV WERFTEN accommodation facility

Topping-out ceremony for the MV WERFTEN accommodation facility

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.

Wismar, 10. September 2018 | The structure is up: After six months of construction, MV WERFTEN and Genting Hong Kong, together with companies tied to the project and representatives of the city, celebrated a traditional topping-out ceremony at MV WERFTEN's accommodation facility – the MVW Alter Holzhafen Beherbergungsstätte.

"Today's topping-out ceremony marks an important milestone," said Oliver Behrendt, Managing Director of MVW Alter Holzhafen Beherbergungsstätte. "Construction is progressing according to plan. We are very pleased with the collaboration with each of our project partners and we look forward to the opening."

With a total space of approximately 5,300 sq ft, the new facility will offer accommodation in 104 rooms on three floors. The first floor will have a restaurant, bar, shopfront as well as conference facilities and lecture rooms. The accommodation is designed to host MV WERFTEN's subcontractors, suppliers, consultants and guests, as well as colleagues from the company's Asian and American affiliates.

The room concept for this facility is unique: The rooms, each one approximately 200 sq ft in size, have been created using prefabricated ship cabins – the same ones used as passenger cabins aboard the Global Class cruise ships and fabricated by MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule in Wismar. Installation of the prefabricated modules started in August with each one being delivered on a special trailer. Once on site, a special lift and mobile crane will raise the module into place. The module will then be rolled into the structure using height-adjustable rollers where it will be fixed in place.

The project is being carried out in cooperation with HTG Hoch- und Tiefbau Gadebusch GmbH acting as general contractor, and IPROconsult GmbH as general planner. The launch is planned for the second quarter of 2019. The accommodation facility will be run by one of the shipyard's own affiliates. MV WERFTEN will be investing just over 10 million euros in the project.


MV WERFTEN comprises of three shipyards in Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MV), has a staff of 2,600 and some of the largest docks and covered fabrication facilities in Europe. The yards are located in a region with an excellent transportation and logistics infrastructure and have direct access to the Baltic Sea. Further investments in a laser thin-plate welding line, cabin manufacturing, state-of-the-art software and other automation have been made to make MV WERFTEN one of the most efficient cruise ship builders in the world.

In their 70-year history, the three shipyards have designed, produced and fitted out around 2,500 sea-going newbuilds, including two AIDA cruise vessels, Premicon river cruise vessels and Stena Line ferries. MV WERFTEN, headquartered in Wismar, is constantly investing in innovation and new technologies as well as employee training to guarantee excellent “made in MV” quality.

Photos: © MV WERFTEN