Genting’s new German shipyards to build cruise vessels

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HONG KONG: 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 named as “MV Werften”.

The acquisition will enable the company to build and repair its fleet of cruise ships. It intends to build three large cruise ships per year.

Among other enterprises, Genting Hong Kong operates Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

A report in Marinelink said MV Werften will deliver the first four luxury Crystal River ships in 2017, the first of a series of 20,000 gross tonnage Crystal Endeavor Class polar expedition yachts in 2018 and the first of a series of 201,000 gross tonnage Star Cruises Global Class cruise ships by 2020.

According to its website, Genting Hong Kong established the Lloyd Werft Group in 2016 through the acquisitions of Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven and Nordic Yard’s three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemunde and Stralsund.

With the consolidated expertise and facilities of the shipyards, including approximately 1,700 experienced management and workers, the Lloyd Werft Group will be capable of building ships larger than the biggest cruise ships currently afloat.

According to Cruise Industry News, the company plans to invest 100 million Euros to turn MV Werften into one of the world’s most modern and efficient cruise shipyards.

It quoted the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Genting Group, KT Lim, as saying they intended to build a thin plate laser welding line, a cabin module factory, a new covered section block building hall, and modernise the manufacturing control systems.

Jarmo Laakso, who has 35 years of experience in building passenger ships, has been appointed the managing director of MV Werften.

Genting Hong Kong was incorporated in September 1993 and started operating its fleet under Star Cruises. With its fleet of six vessels – SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Libra, Star Pisces and The Taipan – it has carved out a reputation for itself.

Crystal Cruises is the world’s leading luxury cruise provider, having earned more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history.