MAY 10, 2016 — Genting Hong Kong is moving rapidly ahead with its plans to make its recently formed Lloyd Werft Group a major player in the cruise ship building industry.
Consisting of Lloyd Werft's existing shipyard in Bremerhaven and the three yards acquired from Nordic Yards in Wismar, Warnemunde and Stralsund, the new group will be Germany's second largest shipbuilder.
Yesterday saw Mr. Hui Lim, Executive Director and Chief Information Officer, Genting Hong Kong unveil the plans and premises of the group's new Design Center scheduled to open May 30, 2016 in Bremerhaven.
The ceremony marked the first step in Genting's long term investment of about 100 million euros in the Lloyd Werft Group's four shipyards to create state-of-the-art facilities for new shipbuilding.
The new design center will form the nucleus for basic and detailed design of the group's ships, with additional production design taking place in Wismar and Warnemunde.
"Being in charge of information technology for the Genting Group, I am very happy to support a world class design center featuring the latest design software which can be coordinated and interfaced with other ship equipment suppliers to efficiently produce the full basic and detailed design of cruise ships and megayachts," said Mr. Hui Lim.
Housed in a renovated and restored heritage building first constructed in 1910, the center will be able to house up to 250 designers in 6,000 sq.m of office space. Another 1,500 sq.m will serve a dual purpose for the display of mock-ups for cruise ship cabins, suites and public areas and use as a showroom for furniture and other movable items for cruise ships.
Once completed and in full operation, over a hundred new jobs will be created and housed in the center.
"On behalf of Genting," said Mr. Lim, "I would like to thank the State of Bremen and the City of Bremerhaven for their support of Lloyd Werft for over 160 years and we look forward to closer cooperation and support in our efforts to create a second cruise shipyard group in Germany – the Lloyd Werft Group – which will create thousands of new jobs for the cruise shipbuilding industry in Germany and Europe," concluded Mr. Lim.