Quality made in Germany: LOEWE MARINE to build ten full-spade rudder systems for Flensburger Shipbuilders

Bremen, (PresseBox) - At the SMM maritime trade show in Hamburg, the Bremen-based shipbuilding supplier and provider of consulting and ship-related services LOEWE MARINE today announced that it has received an order from shipbuilders Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft (FSG) to supply the rudder systems for five newbuilds. The order takes LOEWE's partnership with FSG to the next level, coming, as it does, after five successfully completed rudder projects for FSG over the past two years. It includes a twin arrangement of a high-efficiency flap rudder for a 194.8-meter RoPax ferry ordered from FSB by Irish Ferries.

"This next step in our partnership with FSG is also an endorsement of our business model of building high-quality rudder systems in Germany – rudder systems that deliver maximum manoeuvrability and fuel efficiency," commented LOEWE MARINE CEO Carsten Löhmer. The ten full-spade rudder systems that LOEWE MARINE will supply to FSG over the next 16 months will be developed and built in Germany from start to finish. The engineering design work, procurement and logistics planning will be done at LOEWE MARINE's headquarters in Bremen; the steel construction work will be done by the company's partners in Rostock and Stralsund; and the mechanical systems will be fitted in Bremerhaven and Osnabrück.

For Löhmer, a naval architect of many years’ experience, Germany offers a number of key advantages as a production location. "Our customers demand outstanding quality and strict adherence to deadlines, and we can deliver on both if we manufacture here in Germany. Shipbuilding is a fast-changing industry that is constantly throwing up new challenges. Germany has the infrastructure and critical mass of quality partners and highly skilled workers to rapidly build and deploy the robust solutions needed to meet these challenges." Löhmer is a strong advocate of cooperation in the maritime industry, both in his role as company CEO and in his role as deputy chair of the Advisory Board of the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany. He understands the supreme importance of effective communication between engineering design and production. "Successful shipbuilding hinges on clear communication. And often it's those quick face-to-face meetings that make all the difference. It's the kind of thing that can only happen in Germany, where all the key players in the chain are close by and can meet at a moment's notice."

LOEWE MARINE proved itself as an efficient, effective partner for FSG's newbuild nos. 758, 759, 763, 764 and 763, and it is this success which has prompted FSG to choose LOEWE MARINE ruddersystems for all the other newbuild projects on its books. FSG currently has orders for four 209-meter RoRo vessels (newbuild nos. 769, 770, 772 and 773), which it will deliver between 2017 and 2018, and one 194.8-meter RoPax ferry (newbuild no. 771), which will have 435 cabins and space for 1,900 passengers and is due for delivery in May 2018.


Established in early 2011, LOEWE MARINE GmbH & Co. KG is a shipbuilding supplier and provider of consulting and ship-related services to shipping lines, shipyards, subcontractors, and banks and companies that plan maritime projects. It supports customers in Germany and abroad in the areas of ship and ship subsystem construction and project management. It also provides sales and contract management support. The company is headquartered in Bremen, Germany, and has a service centre in Hamburg, Germany.

LOEWE MARINE has carved out a highly successful niche for itself as a specialist designer and producer of high-efficiency full-spade rudder systems of all profile types and sizes. It has also built a reputation as a provider of expert green shipping consultancy services to shipping firms and maritime subcontractors. LOEWE MARINE's philosophy, encapsulated by its motto "A single point of contact offering the ultimate in expertise, reliability, efficiency and experience," has seen it win a steady stream of new customers in the merchant shipbuilding, mega-yacht and specialty shipbuilding and offshore sectors.

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