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Schiffbauhalle von Marine Systems erstrahlt bei Kieler Lichtermeer in thyssenkrupp-blau

Das Kieler Lichtermeer sorgte am vergangenen Wochenende für einen wahren Aufheller in der dunklen Jahreszeit. Zum ersten Mal erstrahlte auch die neue Schiffbauhalle von thyssenkrupp Marine Systems im typischen Farbenspiel des Unternehmens – ein echter Hingucker in der Kieler Innenförde. 60 Hochleistungsleuchten am Boden und in den Fenstern des neuen Kopfbaus sorgten für die Inszenierung des Bauwerks im bekannten thyssenkrupp-blau. Neben der 33 Meter hohen Schiffbauhalle konnten die Zuschauer ein Lasermapping am 65 Meter hohen Portalkran und Lichtelemente an zwei weiteren Kränen bewundern. Die gesamte Werft erstrahlte den Hafen und konnte als Landmarke in der Kieler Förde wahrgenommen werden.

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems unterstreicht seinen Bezug zum Standort Kiel. „Wir sind ein Teil von Kiel, das haben wir mit dem Bau der modernsten Schiffbauhalle der Welt gezeigt und beteiligen uns gern an öffentlichen Veranstaltungen, die zur Aufwertung des gesamten Standortes beitragen“, betont Dr. Dirk Steinbrink, COO von thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. Damit die Landmarke nicht zur Eintagsfliege wird, prüft Marine Systems die dauerhafte Aufwertung seiner neuen Halle mit Lichtelementen. Bis es so weit ist, können Schaulustige bei Tageslicht das neue Bauwerk vom Hafen und von vielen anderen Stellen der Stadt bestaunen.


thyssenkrupp Marine Systems celebrates start of production for the world’s most modern conventional submarines

  • German and Norwegian Defence Ministers witness production start of the 212CD programme in Kiel

  • 212CD submarines the most advanced conventional submarines worldwide

  • German-Norwegian cooperation a pioneering example of European cooperation in the naval industry

Kiel, 12 September 2023 - thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, world leader in the construction of conventional submarines, today started production in Kiel of the world’s most advanced conventional submarines. These boats belong to the Type 212CD for a joint programme with the Norwegian and German navies. The order, placed in July 2021, was the largest in the history of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to date.

The ceremony to mark the start of construction of the first submarine for the Royal Norwegian Navy took place in the presence of Boris Pistorius, Federal Minister of Defence, and Bjørn Arild Gram, Minister of Defence of Norway, at the production facilities recently opened at the Kiel shipyard. With the newly built shipbuilding hall, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is setting global standards in modern submarine construction.

Oliver Burkhard, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, emphasized: “Maritime security is gaining importance worldwide and especially in Europe. The 212CD programme is a first decisive milestone for the establishment of state-of-the-art NATO standards in the underwater domain. With the start of construction of the first Norwegian submarine today, we have given the go-ahead and a strong signal for European cooperation. This is where partners meet as equals and jointly develop the most advanced submarines for the challenges of the future.”

With the 212CD programme, the navies of two Northern European nations will for the first time use identical submarines in their fleets and benefit from interoperability and shared resources. The order comprises the delivery of two submarines to the German Navy and four to the Royal Norwegian Navy. Delivery of the first submarine for the Royal Norwegian Navy is expected for 2029, while delivery of the two boats for the German Navy is scheduled for 2032 and 2034.

Miguel López, CEO of thyssenkrupp AG, said: "The production complex that has been built here in Kiel in just two years is one of the most modern shipbuilding halls in the world. This investment strengthens the Kiel site, thyssenkrupp Marine as a whole, and makes an important contribution to maritime security in turbulent geopolitical times."

The six Type 212CD submarines go beyond the 212A as an entirely new generation. With enhanced situational awareness capabilities, expanded networkability with allied units and a reduced signature, the new submarines not only place new demands on production due to their imposing size, but also require state-of-the-art production lines for the fitting-out with high-tech systems.

In preparation for the order, thyssenkrupp had already initiated investments of around €250 million in 2019. The shipbuilding hall opened at today’s ceremony will serve as a new, state-of-the-art production facility at the Kiel shipyard site, where the submarines of the future will be built.

Technical data of 212CD submarine:

  • Displacement (surfaced): ~ 2,500 m³

  • Length: ~ 74 m

  • Beam: ~ 10 m

  • Height: ~ 13 m


thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited sign contract for overhaul and modernization of Indian submarine INS SHANKUSH

After thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. concluded a Memorandum of Understanding in June this year for the local construction of submarines for the Indian Navy, the partners have now teamed up again for the overhaul and modernization of the Indian submarine INS SHANKUSH.

INS SHANKUSH is the second submarine in a series of four HDW Class 209 Type 1500 boats that are all still in service today. The submarines were built and delivered for the Indian Navy in the 1980s as part of a German-Indian cooperation. After seeing service for decades, INS SHANKUSH is now due for a planned extension of its operational capability.

Over the next three years, INS SHANKUSH will be modernized in close partnership with the state-owned shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will be responsible for supplying material packages of selected systems, equipment and components as well as for on-site technical support and pressure hull inspection. Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders will act as general contractor up till on-time delivery of the submarine. Drawing on many years of experience, knowledge and expertise, both companies have already cooperated in the implementation of major projects in India.

"We look forward to working again with Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders and continuing a tradition that goes back to more than four decades. This contract once again reaffirms our long-standing commitment to India and represents another cornerstone in maintaining the operational capabilities of the Indian submarine fleet," emphasized Oliver Burkhard, CEO, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

The business relationship between Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems started back in the 1980s when thyssenkrupp Marine Systems joined hands with the Indian Navy and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders for the construction of four diesel-electric submarines. The first two boats were built in Germany, whereas boats three and four were constructed at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders shipyard in India.

With the Medium Refit Cum Life Certification (MRLC) of the first boat INS SHISHUMAR signed in 2018, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders had already extended the service life of one of the four Indian submarines for another ten years. The modernization of INS SHISHUMAR will be completed after sea trials this year.

The signing of this contract for the second Indian submarine INS SHANKUSH has once again demonstrated the expertise and competence of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems’ Services business unit in the submarine field.

About thyssenkrupp Marine Systems
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the world’s leading naval companies with almost 7,500 employees and is active as a systems supplier for submarines and naval surface vessels as well as for maritime electronics and security technologies. Around 3,100 people work at the Kiel site, making it the largest shipyard location in Germany. 185 years of history and the constant striving for improvement allow the company to set new standards time and time again. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems offers its customers worldwide tailored solutions to meet the highly complex challenges of a changing world. The driving forces behind this innovative energy are the company’s employees, who shape the future of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems with passion and commitment every day.

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