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German Naval Yards gears up for converter construction

The German Naval Yards shipyard in Kiel has presented plans for the series production of converter platforms. Construction could start as early as 2024.

The start of series production of converter platforms is planned from 2027, although the construction of individual blocks and sections could begin as early as 2024. The concept has now been presented to Dieter Janecek, Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, and Minister of Economic Affairs Claus Ruhe Madsen. [ds_preview]

If the large structures for offshore wind farms are built, the number of jobs at GNY could triple compared to the current level, it is said. A large number of additional jobs would also be created in the supplier sector. The investment required to upgrade the shipyard would be comparatively low.

German Naval has the necessary infrastructure

“With the existing infrastructure and modern facilities, such as the large air-conditioned blasting and coating hall and the heavy-duty quay, the basic requirements for the production of large pre-equipped blocks to the highest environmental standards are already in place,” says Rino Brugge, CEO at German Naval Yards. In addition, the largest dry dock in the Baltic region and a gantry crane with a lifting capacity of 900 tons are available.

The Kiel shipyard, which is part of the European shipbuilding group CMN Naval, sees itself not only as a driver of maritime innovation, but also as an engine for regional and supra-regional economic development. “The planned expansion will make a significant contribution to the creation of new jobs and the long-term capacity utilization of our own shipbuilding facilities,” says Brugge.

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Visiting Rino Brugge (right), CEO of German Naval Yards: State Minister Claus Ruhe Madsen (left) and Dieter Janecek, Coordinator of the Federal Government (center) © German Naval Yards

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