MV WERFTEN, the shipyard group is constructing a special accommodation center for subcontractors and guests at the Alter Holzhafen in Wismar; visitors will be able to spend the night in cruise ship cabins. The new building, which comprises 104 rooms, is scheduled to open by winter 2018-2019.
Wismar, March 6, 2018 | Today, MV WERFTEN celebrated the official start of construction on its very own accommodation facility – the MVW Alter Holzhafen Beherbergungsstätte – with a groundbreaking ceremony. Assisted by Genting Hong Kong Group President, Colin Au, and Wismar’s mayor, Thomas Beyer, a time capsule containing construction plans, the latest edition of the daily newspaper, a set of euro coins, and the invitation to the event was placed in the symbolic foundation stone.
When completed, the new building will comprise 104 rooms and approximately 5,000 square meters of total space. It is intended to house subcontractors, suppliers, consultants, and guests of the shipyard. What makes the project unique is that the rooms will be fabricated in the shipyard company’s own cabin production facility in Wismar. MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule will be supplying the ship cabins to the same standard as those produced for the Global Class ships. The first cabins modules will be delivered and installed this summer. The project is being carried out in cooperation with IPROconsult GmbH (general planner) and HTG Hoch- und Tiefbau Gadebusch GmbH (general contractor).
“The outstanding technical feature of our lodging facility lies in the combination of conventional construction and shipbuilding technologies,” explained Oliver Behrendt, Managing Director of the MVW Alter Holzhafen Beherbergungsstätte. “Guests are thus able to spend the night enjoying the atmosphere of a cruise ship.”
“We are pleased with today’s groundbreaking ceremony for two reasons,” explained Beyer. “Firstly, MV WERFTEN’s investments are evidence that the shipyard is making full use of its also economic power to advance the development of the site. Secondly, accommodation is needed to host some of the many employees who will be working in Wismar on a temporary basis. These accommodations need to be built from scratch as Wismar is expanding and free space in the city is becoming scarce.”
The Genting Hong Kong Group acquired the approximately 23,000-square-meter site at the Alter Holzhafen in Wismar last year. The topping-out ceremony should take place this coming autumn, with the opening planned for winter 2018-2019. The accommodation facility will be operated by a sister company of the shipyard. Altogether, the shipyard group is investing several million Euros in the project.