Bonn — ThyssenKrupp will restructure its Marine Systems business area, merging Blohm+Voss Naval and Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW). The move will be effective the beginning of the business year 2012-2013, which starts Oct. 1.
The future ThyssenKrupp Marine Shipyards will be responsible for the entire operative side of the naval shipbuilding business in Germany.
The Essen-based company announced that the current head of HDW, Andreas Burmester, will become the first chairman of the management board of ThyssenKrupp Marine Shipyards, being responsible for the operative business. The new company will have about 2,700 employees at its three German sites in Kiel, Hamburg and Emden.
According to ThyssenKrupp, the purpose is to further strengthen the group’s market position in surface ship and submarine building, and to create a stronger full-range supplier in naval shipbuilding.
Lat December, the company announced that it would concentrate its Marine Systems on military surface ship and submarine building. As part of this strategy, it signed contract to sell all its civil shipbuilding activities to British company Star Capital Partners.
The shipyards of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems are known for their development of the Meko surface ships and the 212A and 214 type submarines with their air-independent propulsion systems based on fuel cells.