Offshore: Shipyard gets new lease of life in wind

Offshore comes to rescue

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An ailing shipyard at the port of Emden on the north-west coast of Germany has a new future, thanks to offshore wind power. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, part of industry and steel giant ThyssenKrupp, has sold the ThyssenKrupp Nordseewerke shipyard to Siag Schaaf Industrie, based in Dernbach. The company will turn the works into a manufacturing centre producing offshore turbine towers, machine house frames and foundation structures, such as monopiles, transition pieces and jackets.

Benefits of location

The port facilities will improve logistics and save costs, says Siag, which is taking over 700 Nordseewerke employees. Over the coming months until mid-2011, the current production, which consists mainly of submarines, will be phased out and replaced with the offshore wind activities. Siag is aiming to make 100-150 towers and 60-80 machine house mainframes, generator frames and foundation structures a year. The federal and Lower Saxony state governments are actively supporting Siag and ThyssenKrupp's efforts to retain jobs, says Siag.

Founded in 1903, the Nordseewerke is one of Germany's oldest shipbuilding yards. It was taken over by Thyssen in 1974. Siag Schaaf Industrie describes itself as a classical steel construction company that has developed into a supplier for the power generation industry. It achieved net sales of EUR175 million in 2008.

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