Lloyd Werft Concentrating on Specialised Shipbuilding

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close zoom It’s been a positive 2013 for Rüdiger Pallentin and Carsten J. Haake, Chairmen of Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG and, as Lloyd Werft claims, there will be no major obstacles this year that the company, re-organised a good year ago, would not be able to tackle.center_img “We are already well-booked until October”, Rüdiger Pallentin said.In that, however, it is not just the actual number of ships which called for repair and overhaul at Lloyd Werft that has determined the positive situation. Rather it is the intrinsic value content of the contracts themselves that has contributed most to increased Lloyd Werft profits. The first year of a new work division concept within the Kaiserhafen shipyard alliance has also brought further positive results.Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, German Dry Docks and MWB Motorenwerke Bremerhaven have now emerged into a single shipbuilding family out of three formerly competing facilities.Rüdiger Pallentin said that he is satisfied with 2013 results as far as Lloyd Werft is concerned and is happy with “the very good work load” in the yard’s hub skill sectors of shipbuilding, pipe-work and engineering. He also has praise for the Kaiserhafen alliance which has, he says, had “a positive effect” on the jobs of about 600 employees in the three companies and has ensured that all six dry and floating docks at Lloyd Werft and German Dry Docks have been well occupied and remain in demand.Pallentin said that the “cross-company utilization” of employees has also been one of the positive results of the new Kaiserhafen shipyard alliance in Bremerhaven. As part of that, Lloyd Werft and its currently 330 employees intend in future to “concentrate even more” on the oil and gas business, he reveals. “We will further expand this very innovative, labour intensive and also challenging sector of specialised shipbuilding and intensify our efforts to acquire new orders“, he says. Part of this intensification will also involve “expanding and underscoring” co-operation with the MWB Motorenwerke Bremerhaven to further strengthen the utilisation of that company’s engine expertise.“Even though we are quite satisfied with our results and with short-term prospects, unfortunately that does not mean that a turning point is in sight. So we need to do even more to bring orders into the yard and to hone our profile using traditional competencies like innovation, know-how, flexibility and engineering skills“, says Pallentin. He believes these are the main tasks facing Bremerhaven’s Kaiserhafen in the near future.One long-term contract is currently underway and it relates to complicated conversion of two former offshore platform supply ships into specialised vessels designed to revitalise low-performance oil sources. Rüdiger Pallentin said the conversions of “Island Centurion” and “Island Captain”, each 93 m long and 20 m wide “demand high levels of competence – and that’s just the way we like it”.Lloyd Werft hopes to expand its future profile even further with the 33,000 GRT, 199.4 m long and 32.2 m wide “Ceona Amazon”.Lloyd Werft is meanwhile following a similar path with a 139 m long, 38 m wide offshore installation jack-up vessel built at Sietas Werft in Hamburg and now being completed in Bremerhaven. The newbuilding is being fitted with its four legs at a berth specially built for the job. It is work which the yard has already carried out on other offshore installation vessels and which serves to reinforce Lloyd Werft’s intention to remain part of the offshore business sector in the future.2013 was also a good year for cruise liners. For the first time, AIDA Cruises sent two of its ships to Bremerhaven in 2013. The 251 m long and 32.0 m wide “AIDAbella”, of 69,203 GRT, came for repair work in April and docked in the big Kaiserdock. She was followed in October by the 193.3 m long and 26.6 m wide “AIDAcara” of 38,557 GRT – the ship which launched AIDA’s successful Club Ship concept in 1996.The 112 m long and 16.5 m wide Polar adventure cruise ship “National Geographic Explorer” of 6,471 GRT came to Bremerhaven in April 2013 for comprehensive and complex technical work within a short space of time.P & O is an old and regular customer of Lloyd Werft. Between November and December it sent its 82,505 GRT cruise ship “Arcadia” to Bremerhaven once again, for comprehensive conversion and repairs. The 285.3 m long and 32.25 m wide ship has previously undergone several conversions and repair dockings at the yard. In the meantime the entire Fred Olsen fleet called at Lloyd Werft last year. In November it was the turn of the 206.96 m long and 25.22 m wide cruise ship “Boudicca” of 28,551 GRT. She was the fourth Olsen ship to visit in 2013 and followed “Black Watch”, “Braemar” and “Balmoral” into the yard. An extensive list of technical jobs were completed inside just six days before the elegant, now 40-year-old “Boudicca” left right on time for her winter ocean cruising season.2014 will see even more cruise ships berth at Lloyd Werft. A start will be made in April by the “National Geographic Explorer” from Lindblad Expeditions, followed by TUI’s “Mein Schiff 1” and then in May the floating university cruise ship “Explorer”. The University of Virginia is sending the “Explorer” to Bremerhaven for repairs and make-over work. Lloyd Werft, April 7, 2014last_img read more

UN welcomes statement by Afghanistan confirming running away is not a crime

Last month, three Afghan officials – the Minister of Justice, Habibullah Ghalib; the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Hussein Banoo Ghazanfar; and the Deputy Interior Minister, Mirza Mohammad Yarmand – strongly condemned the wrongful imprisonment of women and girls on charges of ‘running away,’ which is often used by prosecutors as evidence of a woman’s intent to commit adultery, or zina, which is a crime under Sharia law.“The Government needs to ensure that law enforcement authorities do not arrest, detain and prosecute any further cases of ‘running away’,” said the Country Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Ingibjorg Gisladottir.She added, “Guidance that clearly states that ‘running away’ is not a crime under Afghan law will serve to aid criminal law enforcement and end practices that discriminate against women.” Intent alone is not sufficient to prosecute a women for zina, UN Women said in a news release, adding that “these arbitrary or selective applications of the law also violate fundamental rights and guarantees protected under international law, including the right to life, security of the person, freedom of movement, the right to health, and arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family, or home.”More than two thirds of the 700 girls who are currently in prisons across the Central Asian country have been detained for ‘running away’ from home or for their intentions to commit adultery. UN Women called on the Government to unconditionally release all prisoners convicted under these charges and prosecute those responsible for perpetrating violence against them.“The Government should work to ensure the protection of these women and girls, including provision of appropriate support services, and bring all perpetrators of violence against women to justice,” said Ms. Gisladottir.Afghan women and girls generally flee their homes to escape forced marriage and other forms of violence – acts that are criminalized by the law on Elimination of Violence against Women, according to the UN agency. “The Law on Elimination of Violence against Women is viewed by UN Women as a milestone in terms of legal protection of women’s rights. If fully implemented, it can go a long way in protecting and promoting the rights of all Afghan women and girls,” the agency stated.Enacted in August 2009, the law criminalizes child marriage, forced marriage, selling and buying women for the purpose or under the pretext of marriage, and offering girls for dispute resolution.It also criminalizes forced isolation, forcing a woman to commit self-immolation and denying women the right to education, work and health services, and prescribes preventive measures for implementation by seven Government ministries. read more