FSG new owner orders RoRo cargo newbuilds

Liekut at float-out. Two more like this have now been ordered at FSG but more are hoped for..Liekut at float-out. Two more like this have now been ordered at FSG but more are hoped for.

Two new 209m long, MAN-engined RoRo cargo ships identical to the last ship delivered by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) in April have been placed by the new owner of the German yard, reports Tom Todd.

Lars Windhorst’s proposal to take over the insolvent German shipyard from September has just been revealed and even though approval is still pending, Windhorst has said the order for the ships from his investment company Tennor is a firm one.

The newbuilds will either be sold byTennor or chartered out long-term. No construction commencement date was initially set but it was clear that early building is targeted. The value of the order was not revealed.

The 26m wide, max 6.8m draught new ships will be Malta-flagged and of 4,076 lane-metres for 283 trailers. They will each have two MAN 8L48/60-CR main engines of 9,600kW and 500rpm providing 21.3kts as well as 2xSTX/MAN auxiliaries Type 6L21/31 each of 1,320kW. Max deadweight is given as 11,820t and gross tonnage as 32,770.  

In addition each of the four-deck ships will have 2x 5m diameter CPPs, 2x S2-30 min bow thrusters of 1,4500kW and boast two FSG high lift rudders and two flume tank stabilisers.  

The newbuilds are identical in almost every respect to Liekut – the last of eight new trailer ships built for former FSG owner Siem and handed over earlier this year. Reports persist that Siem remains interested in ordering further RoRo ships.

Efforts are meanwhile being made by top FSG officials to persuade Siem to complete the unfinished LNG ferry Honfleur, which the Norwegians are taking as part of the FSG ownership change and which is still at the yard.

FSG Managing Director Martin Hammer said the yard “will do everything to successfully complete the two RoRo ferries ordered by Tennor and to win further orders for the yard”.

FSG’s insolvency law expert Christoph Morgen, who has been supervising FSG’s self-administration insolvency process since April said: “What’s crucial now is that the newly announced contracts are promptly awarded and that financing for construction of the ships is secured”.

FSG Works Council Chairman Thomas Jansen added that the two ships ordered by Tennor were only enough to keep a small yard busy for a short time. “We need more orders and work very soon”, he said.

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