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Emden breaks into cruise at a time when German repair yards in high demand

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Phoenix Reisen's Amera, here, and sister Albatros are going to undergo work during the current suspension of cruise operations
After years of intense marketing, Germany's Emder Werft und Dock GmbH — branded as 'Emden Dockyard' — broke into the cruise sector with overhaul contracts for two Phoenix Reisen ships.

Albatros and Amera

Albatros and Amera are scheduled to arrive at Emden later this week. 

Emden's shipyard began as Nordseewerke in 1903 and used that name for more than a century. A restructuring begun in 2010 included ownership changes and a split between repair and production. This led to the current ownership and branding in 2015.

Today Emden Dockyard has close to 100 employees. Two floating docks up to 176.5 meters by 27 meters and a drydock (218 meters by 30 meters) are available, in addition to quays for work on floating ships.

The yard handles all kinds of cargo and special-purpose vessels as well as naval ships. Experience in the passenger segment was gained through several overhaul contracts for internationally operating ferries including those of P&O Ferries, among others.

It has been a strategic goal for some time to enter the cruise business. Emden Dockyard representatives exhibited at Seatrade Cruise Global last year.

Contracts on short notice due to suspsnsion of cruise operations

The contracts for Amera and Albatros were won on short notice as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Phoenix Reisen decided to have maintenance work carried out while service is currently suspended.

The exact scope is still under planning and will be defined after Easter. The value of the work has not been disclosed.

Amera is expected to arrive Wednesday. The ship berthed at Bremerhaven Sunday, inbound from Brazil with some 560 passengers and 423 crew. Along with the passengers, most crew were disembarked.

Albatros reached Bremerhaven this morning, carrying some 370 passengers at the end of a three-week voyage from Lembar. The ship is expected to sail for Emden Thursday.

German repair yards in demand

Emden Dockyard has a safety/security protocol in place for the two Phoenix vessels.

Meanwhile, other German repair yards — including Lloyd Werft, Bredo and Blohm+Voss — are currently in high demand for cruise vessel overhauls and are already working off contracts or in negotiations to accept further business.

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