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This morning the two shipyards Lürssen and German Naval Yards Kiel announced the merger to form a large German shipyard. "The previous activities in military and official surface shipbuilding are to be brought into a joint company under the leadership of the Bremer Lürssen Group," said the companies. “The preparatory work for a final contractual agreement about the joint venture was successfully completed this week between the owner families. The planned merger is subject to merger control approval. "

The Federal Government had been involved in the consolidation talks at an early stage by the Maritime Coordinator, Norbert Brackmann, Member of the German Bundestag. He had accompanied and supported the process significantly with his expertise.

"We are convinced that consolidating our shipyards in naval shipbuilding makes sense and is beneficial in order to strengthen their competitiveness in the long term," said Friedrich Lürssen, partner of the Lürssen Group, at the merger announcement. "We are following this path in the expectation of being able to offer the national client in the new structure a more comprehensive and powerful range for the permanent supply and support of high-quality marine units. We are reliably available with our team of motivated and highly qualified employees. With this strategic merger, we also want to actively contribute to mastering the effects of the challenges posed by the current corona pandemic in shipbuilding together and to safeguard jobs and technological capability for the national location in the long term. We look forward to working with them and are confident that we can overcome the hurdles that lie ahead in implementing our consolidation strategy. ”

Dorothee Frank