Schichau Seebeckwerft

The SSW Schichau Seebeck Shipyard GmbH, especially as Schichau Seebeck Shipyard, or simply known Seebeck Shipyard, was a shipyard in Bremerhaven. She was 320 employees (2008) specializes in conversions, section construction and new construction of small container ships. The operation was concluded on 31 July 2009. The history of the shipyard is influenced by several mergers, insolvencies and start-ups.

  • 2.1 Built Ships ( selection)


The founding years

The company founder Georg Seebeck (1845-1928) learned the trade of coppersmith and led from 1871 to 1876, the coppersmiths and the repair shop of Schultz 's widow. In 1876, Seebeck in Geestemünde own coppersmiths and presented, among others, pipes, pumps, wind motors Torfstreumaschinen ago. He began, although this first operation was not on the water, to produce even smaller boats made ​​of iron. A first milestone was in 1879 the construction of the steam launch Minna with the hull number 1 followed 1886, the increase of the yard on the transverse channel, ie directly on the water with a railway connection. In October of the same year Ferdinand Niedermeyer joined the company. He devoted himself to the commercial functions of the extended operation, and later became Executive Director and board member. In September 1889 we took a foundry in operation. The shipyard employed between 120 and 150 men.

Acquisitions and expansion

In May 1891 took over the Seebeck founded in 1853 dock and shipyard Look & Oltmanns, let renew some older slipways and added a further added. Already in September 1891 allowed the Uranus for Gerhard Ihlder Junior the first trawler to water. 1892 was followed by another five trawlers, four of them for the Bremerhaven Johann F. lamp. A new terrain trod the shipyard in 1894 with the extension of the kingdom postal steamer Stettin of the North German Lloyd. Also in 1894 ordered Heinrich Hohnholz his first trawler at Seebeck. This relationship proved over the following decades as so strong that Hohnholz with few exceptions, all of the following trawlers ordered here. In 1895, Seebeck purchased both situated on the right bank of Geestemünde dock and shipyard places of Carl Lange John's son and HF Ullrich. The latter course was expanded to the construction yard. It was a peculiarity of the Seebeck Shipyard to carry, you took advantage of building docks, instead of chutes. On October 28, 1895, the company was to G. Seebeck AG, Shipyard, machine factory and dry dock. 1901 took over Seebeck then shipbuilding operation FW Wencke on the right bank of the Geestemünde.

The shipyard hull

From about 1904 Seebeck ideas to build a new shipyard began to develop, and in the fall of 1906, construction began on the new shipyard at its present location near the south of the Geestemünde nearby fishing port of Bremerhaven. In the spring of 1910, the shipyard was completed as far as that could be started with the shipbuilding in the building dock and slipway.

Takeover by the AG Weser

In 1928, the Seebeck Werft AG Weser first as, work Seebeck part of Deschimag Group, whose majority stake was held by the Friedrich Krupp AG in 1941.

Operation as part of the Bremer Vulkan

In the course of the concentration process in the German shipbuilding Seebeck Shipyard in 1987 Member of the Bremen shipyard alliance with the holding Bremer Vulkan Verbund AG, whose leadership took over in 1988 the Senate of Bremen director for economic affairs at Friedrich Hennemann. In the same year 1988, the Seebeck Shipyard merged with the Schichau Lower Weser AG ( SUAG ) for Schichau Seebeck Shipyard. Here, the former shipyard area of SUAG was piecewise abandoned in favor of the terrain of the Seebeck Shipyard in the fishing port.

However, in 1994/95 also began at the Bremer Vulkan Verbund AG has amassed more than 22,000 employees problems that eventually led to the bankruptcy of the parent company Bremer Vulkan 1996. This also affected Schichau Seebeck Shipyard, which filed for bankruptcy in the same year.

Start-up and bankruptcy

As a foundation on the old grounds established in 1998 SSW ferry and Special Shipbuilding. The previous repair operation in another basin of the fishing ports became independent as Bremerhaven Dockgesellschaft ( BREDO ). The new shipyard primarily manufactured sections for new construction and renovation of other yards. 2001/2002 the TT ferry Nils Holgersson and Peter Pan were built as self-development. The ships were the first modern electric pod drives. However, the delivery was delayed because there were problems including with the new pod drives.

However, the development and construction of the new type SSW Super 25, a medium-sized container ship with a capacity of 2500 TEU own design brought the shipyard in an economic imbalance: in autumn 2002, but times had to be filed for bankruptcy.

As the successor operation was the 2003 SSW Schichau Seebeck Shipyard GmbH, which has up to now with the product portfolio new construction, ship lengthening, major repairs, Department of Manufacturing for other shipyards and ship new developments connected with the worldwide licensing secured an independent existence. In August 2007, the first developed by SSW Schichau Seebeck Shipyard container feeder vessel of 1000 TEU -bearing type was delivered SSW Super 1000. The second ship in the series, the Grete Sibum, was delivered in March 2008.

In April 2008, the shipyard SSW 4.6 million euros was bought by a group of investors who wanted to redevelop the shipyard and continue to operate in its current form. In January 2009, had to be applied for the third time insolvency. Since the end of July 2009, the shipyard is closed.

The ships of the shipyard

By far the most popular type of ship yard might be the multi-purpose cargo Seebeck 36L produced in 55 units 1969-1980. Like most German shipyards has also SSW specializes in niche products of shipbuilding. These include in particular smaller container ships (so-called feeder ), ferries and cruise ships.

Built ships (selection)

The following list gives an overview of ships that came about during SSW. The data describe the ships at the time of delivery. Later alterations and changes in the name or the owner are not considered.