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Israel orders three new submarines from thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has reached an agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Defence on the framework conditions for the purchase of three Dakar-class submarines. After extensive negotiations, all parties involved agreed to the technical content and contractual provisions on Thursday.

Dr Rolf Wirtz, CEO thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: “We, as thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and Germans, are honoured and proud to continue the long cooperation – spanning decades – with the Israeli Ministry of Defence and the Israeli Navy. The new class of submarine will provide Israel with the most advanced capabilities, based on an innovative, cutting-edge technology.

This agreement demonstrates the deep commitment of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to guarantee Israel’s long-term security. It was signed after a thorough and extensive groundwork process, and I would like to thank our partners in the Ministry of Defence and the Israeli Navy for their commitment and professionalism.”

The Dakar class will be of a completely new design, which is to be specifically engineered to fulfil the operational requirements of the Israeli Navy. The three submarines will replace the first batch of Dolphin-class submarines.

Dr Rolf Wirtz: “In the last joint project with the Israeli Navy, the SA'AR-6 project, we delivered four corvettes on time and within budget. In this respect, we are very much looking forward to working with our longstanding partner again.”

Before the contract comes into effect, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will have to hold intensive talks with its suppliers.

In preparation for the expected order, thyssenkrupp had already agreed to investments of about 250 million euro for thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in 2019. Kiel is thus securing its location as an international centre of competence for conventional submarine construction. Construction of a new shipbuilding hall and a fuel-cell production facility is already visible on the shipyard site.


Umweltminister Albrecht zu Gast auf der Werft

Umweltminister Jan Philipp Albrecht hat heute thyssenkrupp Marine Systems besucht, um sich über die Anwendungsmöglichkeiten von technischem Know-how des Marine Systemhauses im zivilen Bereich zu informieren. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems engagiert sich zum Beispiel im Projekt CAPTN. Es vereint drei Schwerpunktbereiche der regionalen Innovationsstrategie der Landesregierung: Energiewende und grüne Mobilität, die digitale Wirtschaft und die maritime Wirtschaft.

Jan Philipp Albrecht: „Wir werden unsere ambitionierten Klimaschutzziele im Land und im Bund nur erreichen, wenn die Industrie einen großen Beitrag zur Emissionsminderung beiträgt. Umso wichtiger ist, dass thyssenkrupp Marine Systems am Standort Kiel massiv in nachhaltige und ökologische Technologien investiert. Insbesondere moderne Brennstoffzellen können in der Zukunft einen wichtigen Beitrag leisten, um beispielsweise in der Schifffahrt fossile Brennstoffe zu ersetzen.“

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems als im Norden fest verwurzeltes Unternehmen ist sich seiner gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung bewusst.

Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO: „Unsere Produkte sichern Frieden und Sicherheit. So leisten wir bereits seit langer Zeit einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Nachhaltigkeit. Ich sehe es aber auch in unserer gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung als Unternehmen, unsere Fähigkeiten zu nutzen, um Nachhaltigkeit auch in anderen Bereichen als unserem Kerngeschäft zu unterstützen.“

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems ist Weltmarktführer in der Herstellung von konventionellen U-Booten und hat die Brennstoffzellentechnik an Bord von U-Booten bereits vor mehr als 20 Jahren eingeführt und seitdem immer weiter perfektioniert. Im Bereich der Energiespeichertechnik verfügt das Unternehmen auch über viel Expertise, welche das Unternehmen bereit ist zu teilen:

Dr. Alexander Orellano, COO: “Unsere Brennstoffzellen sind sicher, zuverlässig und hocheffizient. Das sind natürlich Eigenschaften, die auch in der zivilen Schifffahrt gerne gekauft werden. CAPTN bietet uns die Möglichkeit diesen Markt auszuloten, uns zu vernetzen und mit Experten aus diesem Bereich ins Gespräch zu kommen.“

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems investiert zurzeit 250 Millionen Euro in seinen Standort in Kiel.

Neben einer neuen Schiffbauhalle entsteht auf der Werft auch eine neue Brennstoffzellenproduktion. Ab Januar 2023 wird hier die nächste Generation der Brennstoffzelle gefertigt.


Minister-President Daniel Günther opens “oceanworld”

At the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Kiel, Minister-President Daniel Günther officially opened “oceanworld” today in the presence of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Oliver Burkhard, Kiel’s Lord Mayor, Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, Managing Director Dr. Rolf Wirtz and other guests.

The “oceanworld” will bring customers, guests and employees closer to the brand world and capabilities of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in the areas of surface vessels, underwater technology, services and electronics in a realistic and fascinating way, all bundled together in one place.

The opening of “oceanworld” is a significant milestone for the company on the way to becoming the most modern naval company in Europe. The Minister-President assured that he would also call on the new federal government to further deploy and expand the existing technological and innovative strengths in naval shipbuilding. “Because we have a clear competitive advantage here that dare not be squandered, we must continue to foster a strong maritime economy – with the shipbuilding industry at its centre,” said Günther. With “oceanworld”, the company has created an impressive opportunity to visualize the future.

Equipped with the latest multimedia and communication technology, visitors to “oceanworld” can immerse themselves in a virtual shipyard experience and get to know the entire range of products and services. The centrepiece of the more than 700 m² showroom is – in addition to numerous “live” exhibits – a video wall 14 metres wide and over three metres high, bringing products and services to life in an impressive way.

Submarine components from 3D printers go into series production

Industrial parts from state-of-the-art 3D printers have decisive advantages over conventionally produced components. That's why our naval experts at thyssenkrupp Marine Systems are working at full speed to make 3D-printed components cost-effective for submarine construction. The necessary quality and safety standards have already been set. With the acquisition of the Group's Additive Manufacturing TechCenter, we are right on course on our journey to become the most modern naval company in Europe – and to series production of 3D printed submarine components.

A great kick-off for our new platform

"Technology Conventions 2020“ in Kiel this week! With naval specialists from #MarineSystems and selected suppliers, the first technology discussion focused on REP-floors - standardized floor plates for #submarines and #surfacevessels. Insights from #Engineering and Supply Chain Management as well as field reports from our #SeaTrial team laid the foundation for the joint workshops sharing the latest functional and strategic trends in the marine systems industry. We are looking forward to the next "Technology Conventions“ this summer for more exciting dialogues on #innovation, #digitalization and marine technology. Attendance by invitation only. To participate, please reach out to our colleagues at

Fascination deep sea: Autonomous submarines tap previously unexplored seabed

On our way to become the most modern #naval company in Europe, we think beyond known waters. With #SeaCat our engineeres set out to explore the world's sea beds – a mystery to mankind. The unmanned #submarine, uses underwater mapping and footage to provide new insights into the mysterious world #underwater.

A new standard for unmanned underwater operations:

The Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM). Today, we proudly presented the results of a pioneering research project on large modular underwater vehicles. Designed in collaboration with project partners from science and industry, MUM could now permanently change the way #underwater research is conducted. The high-tech asset for the civil #maritimeindustry is powered by a state-of-the-art, emission-free fuel cell. Independent of wind and weather, MUM can operate 24/7, 365 days a year. Norbert Brackmann, German government coordinator for the maritime industry, visited our shipyard in Kiel to experience the project progress and the technological innovations developed by our maritime experts. To further the research, we will now apply for funding for a MUM large-scale demonstrator as part of the Economic Ministry’s Maritime Research Programme.

Today, Germany's most modern

#frigate was put into service and officially commissioned: The F125 "Nordrhein-Westfalen“. The ship is the second of a total of four frigates which are available to the #GermanNavy. Their strength lies not only in fulfilling the traditional tasks of national and alliance defence, but also in their design for conflict prevention and crisis management as well as intervention and stabilization operations on an international scale. We look forward to the handing over of the third and fourth ships which are planned to take place successively until 2021. #BadenWürttembergKlasse

On today’s #IntellectualPropertyDay,

we are celebrating 125 years of patent history at @thyssenkrupp. Every year, thyssenkrupp developers file #patents for about 600 new #inventions worldwide. On our way to become the most modern naval company in Europe, we at @thyssenkrupp Marine Systems are working on new innovations every day. For example, when developing an underwater vehicle that prevents unnecessary by-catch and saves the ecology of oceans around the world:

ADLiS® - The New Dimension in Network-based Operations. For all Nations.

It's simply a tactical decision. #ADLiS® is the #data link system from our experts at #AtlasElektronik. It opens up new dimensions in network-based operations by combining all information at the highest speed and enabling the #tactical situation to be recorded. It links people, platforms, sensors and weapons. This greatly increases the command speed and the combat strength of the entire unit.

Cem Selvi and his team make trainees fit for the shipyard

People come first: Cem Selvi and the training team at the Kiel shipyard educate and support their apprentices and dual students from start to finish of their training at #thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and weld the young people together as a team! #career