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Friday, January 1, 2021 

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has carried out a traditional keel-laying in which the first hull segment of the newbuilding number 782, a ro-ro vessel ordered by IVP Ship Invest, was lowered by crane onto the blocks.

In accordance with maritime custom, a €1 coin was placed under the keel for good fortune. The keel laying was performed by Philipp Maracke, CEO of FSG, Klaus Müller, project manager DNV GL, Thomas Jansen, chairman of the FSG works council, and Flensburg’s mayor Simone Lange.

Maracke said: “For FSG, today’s keel-laying marks an important milestone, as this is the first order after restructuring and relaunching the shipyard in September 2020. This shipbuilding project is also significant for our 380 employees, who are now back to doing what they do best: building highly efficient ships. As ro-ro type 4100 was developed by us and built here repeatedly, we are very familiar with its construction. That makes it extraordinarily easy for the shipyard to ramp up.”

The training of young skilled workers will also benefit: for the first time, trainees from the 3rd year of their apprenticeship will be deployed operationally in construction. Currently, a total of 36 young people are learning eight different professions at FSG.

IVP Ship Invest ordered the vessel for completion by April 2022, and the contract, said to be worth €140m, includes an option for a second vessel. The 210m ship – FSG’s newbuilding number 782 – is designed for low fuel consumption and features FSG's efficient loading concept. It will be powered by two 9,600kW main engines, and has 4007 lane metre capactity.

“The shipyard will diversify in the future and we will increasingly act as a reliable partner to the German Navy and in international naval shipbuilding,” Maracke continued. “To this end, we can build on earlier projects, as FSG continues to have a good reputation as a naval shipyard, even though we focussed on merchant ships in recent years.”

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