by Kevin Griffin writing for cybercruises.com
Genting Hong Kong has announced that the three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Nordic Yards) that it bought in April will be renamed as MV Werften, in honour of the state. The yards are located in Wismar, Warnemünde and Stralsund.
The Crystal river yacht vessels Debussy and Ravel (Artist concepts courtesy of Crystal Cruises)
This acquisition and an investment of €100 million in these yards will enable the company’s shipbuilding interests to build and repair not only its own fleet of cruise ships, but also others. The new MV intends to build three large cruise ships per year.
In addition to its shipyards, Genting Hong Kong operates Star Cruises and Dream Cruises and has more recently acquired Crystal Cruises from Japan’s NYK.
MV Werften will deliver the first of three new 100,000-ton cruise ships for Crystal Cruises as well as four luxury ships for Crystal River Yachts in 2017, the first of a series of 20,000-gross-ton Crystal Endeavour class polar expedition yachts in 2018 and the first of a series of 201,000 gross ton Star Cruises Global Class cruise ships by 2020.
The Crystal Exclusive (Artist concepts courtesy of Crystal Cruises)
Genting Hong Kong, which operates Genting’s cruise line interests, established the Lloyd Werft Group in 2016 through the rapid acquisition of Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven and Nordic Yard’s three shipyards in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
With the shipyards and their approximately 1,700 experienced managers and workers, the Lloyd Werft Group will be capable of building cruise ships larger than the biggest currently afloat.
Cruise Ship Marco Polo at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen
Jarmo Laakso, who has thirty-five years of experience in building passenger ships, acquired in the European shipbuilding industry as well as in executive positions with Royal Caribbean Cruises, has been appointed managing director of MV Werften.
Of the three Nordic Yards, Mathias-Thesen-Werft (MTW) was best known for producing the five 750-berth “Ivan Franko” class ocean liners, of which the second in the series, Aleksandr Pushkin, now renamed Marco Polo, is still sailing after more than fifty years.
The most recent cruise ship produced at Wismar was the 1,936-berth Norwegian Sun of 2001, as well as a midbody section to lengthen Norwegian Majesty, which now sails as the 1,462-berth Thomson Majesty.
Stralsund has meanwhile built three Hurtigruten vessels, the 483-berth Kong Harald and 466-berth Richard With in 1993 and the 475-berth Nordlys in 1994, as well as a series of river cruise ships for Premicon AG in more recent years.