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Donnerstag, 27. Februar 2020 - 16:45

Ships made in Germany 2019

Great Ships and Clean Seas

The specialisation of the German shipbuilding industry in healthy high-tech niche markets is paying off

While today’s global shipbuilding output is roughly 40% below the 2010 peak, the order book for new ships continues to melt. The Asian-dominated volume markets are recovering only slowly and their new orders remained below production volume for the sixth consecutive year.

The good news is, the German shipbuilding industry has largely been able to decouple itself from this development: in seven of the last eight years, more orders were acquired than ships delivered. Healthy orderbooks allow sound forward planning for innovative products and further optimised production processes. In 2018, German shipbuilders generated a turnover of around EUR 5 billion, which is destined almost fully for export markets. Also the large array of specialised producers in the shipbuilding and offshore supply chain are popular among shipping companies and shipyards around the world. They contribute more than EUR 12 billion to Germanys maritime economy.

Demanding customers, that drive the innovation agenda in shipping turn their eyes to Germany. German shipyards focus on building sophisticated vessels. In 2019, their order intake mainly comprised cruise ships, mega yachts, research and specialised ships for the public sector, and various types of naval vessels.

This is a high-value-market-segment whose customers are prepared to make sustainable investments, not least in climate and environmental protection, and demand correspondingly high-quality and future-oriented solutions.

Due to its outstanding position in research, development and innovation, the German shipbuilding industry is able to meet these technological requirements and to offer tailor-made solutions for transport and environmental challenges in close cooperation with its customers. Its companies offer a wide range of services and products from engineering to the construction of highly specialised electrical, electronic and mechanical systems.

One outstanding example is this year's "Ship of the Year", the research vessel ATAIR, which encompasses a whole range of innovative solutions to optimise her research performance.

There are currently only 175 confirmed LNG fuelled ships in operation worldwide. This authority vessel is among the first ships in the world for special tasks to be powered by LNG, which drastically reduces air pollution and offers additionally advantages with regard CO₂ emissions.

Further impressive examples of the innovative strength and versatility of the German shipbuilding and marine technology industry can be found in this special issue of Ships 2019.

Let us inspire you! We hope you enjoy reading and discovering!

Mittwoch, 15. August 2018 - 9:45

Ships made in Germany 2018

Dear Readers,

Despite a global shipbuilding market that is still heavily suffering from overcapacities and weak demand, the German shipbuilding industry has been able to maintain its successful path. On the basis of a robust order backlog and ever more efficient production methods, German shipyards continue to develop positively and grow. The specialization of the shipbuilding industry in Germany as well Europe on healthy high-tech niche markets is paying off.

The production of unique large-scale projects that meet the highest costumer requirements is daily business in German shipbuilding. Amazing ships, with many innovative features and impressive performance are the result. Some examples can be found in this publication. Such masterpieces are realized by the shipyards in close cooperation with hundreds of highly specialized companies supplying everything from excellent components to complete turn-key systems. Together with first-class system integration competence the customer can rely on perfection made in Germany. The chain of expertise is the essential feature that makes our industry competitive and resilient.

The rise of China into the high-tech segments of the shipbuilding and marine technology industry, the necessity of a massive reduction in ship emissions, the advancing digitalisation but also new dynamism in European naval shipbuilding constitute the great challenges of our times.

Therefore and more than ever, maritime players need to create new solutions, invest in new technologies, research, development and innovation and develop new forms of cooperation. To us, all these challenges offer great opportunities. Most obvious and urgent is the need to implement environmentally friendly technologies. German companies have a long tradition in offering optimal solutions for clear and efficient operation. New international requirements will give a boost to their market success.  

At the same time, shipping companies struggle with growing uncertainty and increasingly complex technology applications: Which fuel type, which propulsion system, when is the right time to implement new technologies? More and more it becomes evident that such questions need individual answers depending on the specific operational needs. German yards, for newbuilding as well as repair & conversion, equipment makers and service providers are the ideal partners for all shipping companies that want to secure their competitive future. 

The list of newbuildings delivered in 2018 in this year's special edition shows many impressive examples of the innovative impetus and versatility of the German shipbuilding and maritime technology industry.


Enjoy reading!

Dienstag, 14. August 2018 - 14:00

VSM Gremienstruktur - Gemeinsam Stark

Fachgemeinschaften, Ausschüsse und Arbeitskreise im VSM

Sonntag, 11. März 2018 - 15:30

Ships made in Germany 2017

Good news was scarce for the global shipbuilding industry last year: The global orderbook continued to shrink. The number of active shipyards in the intenational newbuilding market has reduced by nearly 2/3 and many of the about 360 shipyards are currently completing their last vessel.

Not exactly a great outlook, one should think. However for German shipbuilders the situation looks quite different:

10 years ago German yards turned away from building standard ship types, specialising on highly complex passenger ships, ferries, yachts, all types of naval ships and other purpose-built vessels. Early on they had to adapt to the changing market conditions, which helped tremendously to weather the current market storm  successfully.

As to marine equipment, VSM members deliver innovative solutions to meet future environmental policy-related and regulatory challenges. Highly effective systems for ballast water management and systems reducing greenhouse gases and harmful substances are now available, as are new, clean options, such as LNG and methanol, providing the means to tackle the maritime energy transition. Electrical as well as hybrid propulsion systems (combining batteries with diesel or gas-powered generators) have also been deployed successfully. And since low emissions are great and no emissions are even better, fuel cell technology is utilized to generate climate friendly energy for on-board use.

The German maritime industry has developed leadership in innovative green technologies and advanced solutions for challenging projects. The comprehensive expertise has contributed significantly to the good results German shipbuilders have achieved even in times of crisis, with the German orderbook climbing to an amazing all-time high of nearly €18.5 billion in 2016.

This year’s Ship of The Year, the 98-metre yacht AVIVA, is an excellent example highlighting the green competence of German shipyards and equipment manufacturers: Her optimised hull design combines outstanding seaworthiness with a resistance reduced by 20 per cent. The propulsion concept, based on a hybrid drive system, is quiet and eco-friendly.

No reason for us to be complacent, however. Rather, we take this as an encouragement to continue driving the development of innovative, and most of all, economically feasible solutions.

The compilation of newbuilds delivered in 2017, compiled in this year’s Special Edition, highlights further impressive examples of the innovative impetus and versatility of the German shipbuilding and ocean engineering industry.

The German maritime industry looks forward to serving customers and partners with tailor-made and efficient products, designs and services worldwide. Industry delegations, exhibiting on the leading fairs and the German Maritime Export Initiative (GeMaX) are just some examples for our strong commitment to work together successfully on international projects.


Donnerstag, 14. April 2016 - 9:00

Berufe mit Zukunft: VSM-Informationen zu Studium und Beruf

Mittwoch, 13. April 2016 - 16:15

Ships made in Germany 2015

Great success in healthy niches

The combination of the specialization and cooperation of the German shipbuilding industry is an important factor for the success of it. Also important are the highly skilled people and the experience of building today’s high-tech products.


Mittwoch, 8. Oktober 2014 - 9:45

VSM Member Directory - Facilities, Production Programmes, Services 2018/2019

The purpose of the maritime industry is to make use of the opportunities and resources offered by the world’s oceans for the benefit of mankind. Complex technology is always required – be it the use of oceans and seas for maritime transport or as economic areas e.g. for energy production or tourism. New technologies and applications at sea offer the potential to create new markets as a reliable driver of economic growth.

The German Shipbuilding & Ocean Technology Industry supports these efforts by offering sophisticated solutions and providing highly specialised experts along the entire supply chain ‒ a resource not available in other countries.

Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2014 - 12:19

PwC Studie: Zur Lage des deutschen Schiffbaus 2013

Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2014 - 12:19

Bericht: Plattform Zukunftsberufe Offshore-Windenergie

Bericht: Plattform Zukunftsberufe Offshore-Windenergie
Eine Studie im Auftrag der Stiftung OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE und der Behörde für Wirtschaft, verkehr und Innovation, Hamburg

Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2014 - 12:19

PwC-Studie Vorabfassung - Situation des deutschen Schiffbaus 2013 - Handout

PwC-Studie Vorabfassung - Situation des deutschen Schiffbaus 2013 - Handout