Wednesday, March 25, 2015

American company buys former ZDF dream boat – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung



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The former ZDF dream ship “Germany” has a new owner. An American company bought the insolvent cruise ship, the liquidator Reinhold Schmid-Sperber said on Tuesday. The ship, which is currently before Gibraltar, will be presented at the end of May. “This is a challenging sales process to a close,” said Schmid-Sperber.


The new owner will reportedly continue to work the ship under the name “Germany” as a cruise ship. “He has also announced plans to take over much of the previous crew,” said the liquidator. Are still around 50 members of the crew, technical and nautical mainly of personnel on board. How many of the 280 crew members are to be transferred, the spokesman of the insolvency administrator initially could not say.


For the amount of the purchase price, he did not specify. The identity of the buyer initially remained a mystery. There were a company with relevant experience in international cruise business, but to none of the known shipping companies were traded in the last few months again and again as prospects for the cruise ship, the spokesman said. A fixed single-digit millions has Schmid-Sperber already received, the rest of the purchase price is payable with the transfer.


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The ship on which about 60 million euros attributable debt, since November is off Gibraltar anchor. Earlier this year, the insolvency proceedings over the assets of the majority shareholder, the MS Germany was at the district court Eutin been Beteiligungs GmbH opened.


Because of the bankruptcy and the uncertain future of “Germany” had ZDF finally adopted in January of board his “dream ship”. The snow-white ship with home port Neustadt in Holstein since 1999 was the location for the hit series. The new episodes that are Christmas 2015 and New Year 2016 be broadcast, filmed on the “Amadea” of the tour operator Phoenix Travel.


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American company buys former ZDF “dreamboat”


The cliffhanger at the ex-Dream Boat “Germany” is over. A company from the United States bought the former pride of the German maritime industry. But the ship should continue under its original name.

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