HamburgThe Bremen shipyard of Lürssen, the traditional Hamburg company Blohm+Voss. It Lürssen have reached an agreement last weekend with the previous owner and Investor Star Capital, said the ship-building enterprise on Wednesday in Bremen. In Hamburg, the Acquisition was positively received.
With the Acquisition of strut Lürssen is a long-term commitment. The family-owned company wants to round off according to its own data, especially the range of services for the repair, the Overhaul and upgrading of yachts, naval and commercial ships within the group of companies, as well as the new business of naval ships. The cartel office must approve the Acquisition.
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remains Open, however, whether at the Hamburg site in future also luxury yachts are built. So far, Blohm+Voss tried, unsuccessfully, to new orders in this market segment, which is one of the special Strengths of the German shipyards. “The extent to which we are going to use the site in the future for the production of yachts, will mainly depend on the development of the market and is not to be answered at this point,” said the chief of the Bremen-based family company, Peter Lürßen.
Blohm+Voss were sold in December 2011 by Thyssen-Krupp to Fund the British investment company Star Capital. The company employs nearly 1000 employees. With Lürssen, Blohm+Voss has a long-standing cooperation in the area of the Navy’s ships, most recently during the construction of the frigate class F125 for German Navy. If the purchase is completed, is from the Lürssen shipyard group with 2800 employees, and six highly specialized locations in all the five German coastal States.
The Acquisition took place at the Hamburg politics and the trade Union with a positive response. “This is a great opportunity for the Maritime location of Hamburg”, said Hamburg’s Senator for economy, Frank Horch (independent). “The Shipyard is set on a solid Foundation for the future.” So, Blohm+Voss could attract new customers and permanent employment at the Hamburg site back up. Blohm+Voss was not a yard just a tradition, but a key component for the shipbuilding industry in the whole of Germany.
the IG-metal coast, reacted positively. “For Blohm+Voss is a good news, but we expect more information on how the site can be further developed, especially with regard to employment and jobs,” said district Manager Meinhard Geiken. Lürssen is a company, behind a company’s strategy and orders. Under the umbrella of the group, Blohm+Voss have greater opportunities for development than with the financial investor Star Capital. The Union had been surprised by the Acquisition, and was not previously informed. Lürssen had already tried in the past to take over Blohm+Voss.