Tradition of excellence

Boasting a name synonymous with first-class quality work, Lloyd Werft is the first choice of partner when it comes to the repair, conversion, modernisation and completion of ships of every kind. Offering short docking times and all the services expected of a modern shipbuilding company, Lloyd Werft has earned a respected reputation by working on ships like the Queen Elizabeth 2, the Norway, the Costa Victoria, the Norwegian Sky, the Europa and many more.

The shipyard, which employs 450 staff, benefits from its strategic location in Bremerhaven on Germany’s North Sea coast and includes two dry docks, two floating docks, ample crane capacities on land and a floating crane, workshops, and repair and equipment piers to the length of 1400 metres. The shipyard is able to accommodate ships up to 110,000 dwt and a draught of up to 11.5 metres.

Importantly, Lloyd Werft is supported by its vast experience and long tradition in the shipbuilding industry. Managing director and CEO Werner Lüken provides an overview of the business: “We are a shipyard that has been in existence for 153 years and we have always undertaken repairs and conversions. We are pleased to be able to carry out complicated repairs and conversions in very short periods of time, and we always offer our customers fixed prices. Clients know that we will redeliver the ships to them, focusing on high quality and flexibility.”

Lloyd Werft’s experience includes work on passenger ships, Ro-Ro vessels, cargo ships and ferries, bulk and oil carriers, LNG tankers, chemical product tankers, container ships, refrigerated vessels and crane ships, as well as various different types of offshore technology. The shipyard also carries out maintenance work on destroyers, frigates, mine sweepers and auxiliary vessels of the German Navy.

The shipyard area is approximately 260,000 square metres, of which about 80 per cent is built up. The available pier length is about 1400 metres. Graving and floating docks with all associated facilities, workshops and sufficient crane capacity are available in the yard. The dry docks, floating docks and piers are equipped with facilities capable of supplying electricity to cover any requirement found on-board modern vessels.

The yard’s facilities enable it to send teams of craftsmen anywhere in the world and Lloyd Werft’s staff members have established an international reputation for superior workmanship. Going hand-in-hand with providing a good service is taking into consideration environmental protection. Lloyd Werft is committed to continuously striving to minimise its effect on the depletion of natural resources and energy. Since the late 1990s, the company has managed to significantly reduce environmental damage with targeted technical environmental protection measures.

Ten years ago, Lloyd Werft built an on-site waste depot and sorting hall in the shipyard, meaning that the waste incurred during the repair and conversion of ships could be sorted immediately, thus enabling a pure disposal of the waste in a variety of ways. In addition, for the prevention of water pollution, the shipyard has an on-site water treatment facility.

“We have to consider environmental issues,” Werner comments. “We are ISO 14001 and 9001 certified, and we keep a close eye of the environmental issues facing our customers and us, evidenced by the facility we have in our yard for the careful separation and recycling of debris.”

While the past decades have proved fruitful for Lloyd Werft, the shipyard has encountered challenges in more recent times due to the global recession. Werner speaks frankly about the issues: “We are facing a downturn in terms of work and at the moment we’re getting on well with carrying out ship repairs and conversions. We don’t have any newbuilds on our books at present, but we have reacted flexibly to this change in the market.

“There is an added challenge relating to the banks, as they are reluctant to do business with any shipyards, deeming the risk to be too large. They are not willing to evaluate each shipyard on its own merits, and we as a repair/conversion yard, have a much brighter future in Germany than a newbuilding yard that is only working on container ships, for example. The newbuilding yards in Germany have to concentrate on niche markets with innovative products and some are running into difficulties.

“We hope that the banks will change their attitude very soon, so we can resume to normal business terms. This year will be difficult for the yard but I am confident that we’ll survive and there will be an upturn in 2011, so we will come back to normality very soon.”

With thoughts turning to Lloyd Werft’s future position, Werner concludes: “The development for the next five years, I see a fairly bright future because of the high number of ships that have been built in the past and the ones that are still under construction. They need repair and maintenance in the coming years, so we are looking positively towards the future.”

153 years of experience

Focusing on repairs/ conversions

Flexes to needs of the market