Germany to Skip Tender for 1.5 Billion Euro Warship Purchase

BERLIN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry on Thursday said it would skip an open tender for the planned purchase of five more corvettes valued at 1.5 billion euros and instead ask the three-company consortium that built the existing warships to submit a bid.  "The defence ministry has decided to ask the ARGE K130 consortium to bid for procurement of five … [Read more...]

Lürssen Acquires Hamburg Shipyard Blohm + Voss

German shipbuilding group Lürssen has acquired Hamburg-based shipyard Blohm + Voss, the two companies announced Wednesday. Lürssen, which specializes in the design and production of yachts over 60 meters as well as naval and coast guard ships, says the acquisition will strengthen its portfolio in repair and refit activities as well as enhance its naval newbuild … [Read more...]

WATCH: Norwegian Escape Maiden Call at Hamburg

The Norwegian Escape makes it maiden call at Hamburg on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, arriving at the Blohm + Voss shipyard for final construction and inspection before the ship's delivery in November. At 325.9 meters long by 41.4 meters wide and 164,600 gross tons, the Norwegian Escape will be the largest ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet and will sail weekly … [Read more...]

Time Lapse Video: Cruise Ship Cut in Half, Stretched

Check out this recently unearthed timelapse video showing the 2008 lengthening of the Balmoral cruise ship (formerly Norwegian Crown) at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. Originally built to a length of about 616 ft. in 1988, the ship underwent a major retrofit upon arrival at its current owner/operator, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, that included the addition of a … [Read more...]

Delivery of New German Navy Frigates Delayed at ThyssenKrupp

BERLIN, Dec 2 (Reuters) - The German Navy will receive the first of four new ships ordered from ThyssenKrupp later than expected, the defence ministry and the company said on Monday, confirming a newspaper report. Daily newspaper Kieler Nachrichten had reported that the first of the Class 125 frigates costing 650 million euros ($885 million) each would be delivered in 2017 … [Read more...]