Lindenau Repair gets new lease of life
Commercial ship repair activity has resumed at Germany’s historic Lindenau Schiffswerft in Kiel reports Tom Todd.
All work at the historic yard, founded in 1905 and one of Germany’s oldest shipyards, has been “temporarily suspended” since January as part of ongoing re-organisation. Operation of the yard’s dock facilities was completely halted “for technical and economic reasons”, according to Privinvest Group partner yard Nobiskrug in Rendsburg.
The re-organisation was first announced last year when the word was that Lindenau repair would probably close for good by year’s end as part of “unavoidable” cutbacks and restructuring. Privinvest said at the time that Lindenau’s mainstay civilian repair business was “no longer profitable because of competition from eastern Europe”.
The 2018 announcement caused surprise because Lindenau had previously reported full repair docks. The decision was also criticised by Germany’s giant IG Metall union, many of whose members are shipyard workers.
Now however a new statement by Lindenau Werft says that as of June the yard is once again open and has been offering its infrastructure facilities for civilian ship repair and associated services. At the same time the yard’s 480m long fitting-out quay is being manned and more hall, external areas and office facilities are being offered for rent to maritime companies, it added.
Lindenau said the aim of a new “development concept” was “to create the synergies to offer comprehensive and fast service” to operators of passenger and commercial ships as well as officially operated workboats”.
Yard manager Frank Hildebrandt said the new concept underscored the advantages to ship owners which have long been enjoyed by Lindenau. They include proximity to local shipbuilding skills and services and the yard’s prime location next to the Kiel Fiord locks of the Kiel Canal. That 100 kms long facility is the world’s busiest man-made waterway and is used by more than 30,000 ships a year – all of them potential repair customers for Lindenau.
The “development concept” now introduced was not fully detailed. Nobiskrug CEO Bertram C. Liebler said however “it creates the foundation for a sustainable industrial exploitation of the Lindenau location”. He added that it had also been discussed with city, federal state and government representatives.
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