MV Werften restores veteran cargo ship
The veteran general cargo ship ‘Likedeeler’ is back at its permanent berth on the Warnow River in Rostock following completion of unusual restoration work at Germany’s newest shipyard group.
The restoration of the 82.5m by 12.6m ship lasted two months and cost a million Euros, said the Hanse City of Rostock which owns it. The money came from a variety of city sources, it said.
It was carried out during dry docking at the Rostock-Warnemünde facility of MV Werften (MVW) group, which is located just a few kilometres downstream from Rostock-Schmarl where the Likedeeler has been moored since 1988.
The 2,775dwt ship was built in 1962 as Condor at Neptun Werft in Rostock and served in the Baltic, North Sea and Mediterranean until 1986. It has been used as a hostel and maritime recreational facility for local youngsters since 1988 and has been run by the Jugendschiff Likedeeler Foundation since 1991.
MVW’s Susanne Meyer told Maritime Journal that the docking and restoration of Likedeeler - the ship’s first such overhaul for nearly 30 years - had involved a series of specialist maintenance tasks.
They included the installation of a double steel belt around the waterline of the ship to strengthen the hull, and a new coat of paint for the entire vessel. Other jobs covered small repairs, including work on hand rails, as well as the renewal of name plates and the relocation of containers on the main deck. Sparge tubes were relocated, small steel repairs were carried out throughout the ship, winches on the afterdeck and winch deck were repainted and storage areas repaired, Susanne Meyer told this correspondent. Rounding off the job was the greasing of all the ship’s steel hawsers, she added.
What was unusual about the Likedeeler project was that it was carried out at all by MVW’s Rostock-Warnemünde yard. The yard, and its sister facilities in Wismar and Stralsund, are now part of a group which exclusively builds new ships but does not handle repairs.
MV Werften was created in 2016 by Malaysia’s Genting out of the former Russian-owned Nordic Yards (which did handle repairs as well as newbuilding). Its job is to produce cruise ships for the giant Genting Group and it is building nine of them up to 2021 under a €3.5 billion programme which will presumably leave little time for ship repair.
However, Likedeeler is a popular Rostock maritime landmark and the project has clearly been a labour of love for MV Rostock-Warnemünde. It is also not the only job of its kind tackled there lately. In 2012 the yard restored the historic floating crane Langer Heinrich - now part of Rostock’s Shipbuilding and Shipping Museum close to where Likedeeler is moored.
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