Western Baltija Shipbuilding builds partially equipped hulls of patrol vessels for the German market
Western Baltija Shipbuilding (WBS) has signed a contract with the German company Fassmer GmbH for the building of hulls of two coast guard patrol vessels and their partial outfitting, and continues the works and construction of the hull of the second vessel is underway. The start of the construction works of the latter vessel was marked with the so-called Keel laying ceremony, which was attended by representatives from both Fassmer and the end-client of the project, the heads of the German Federal Police.
The future coast guard patrol vessels will be used to e.g. patrol the coastal waters of Germany. According to the plan, the vessels will have special services helicopter landing pads, as well as two points for rapid response unit boats installed. The vessels of this type will replace the current coastal patrol vessels that have previously been in operation.
Weighing around 700 tons each, the partly equipped hulls will be built in the shipyard in Klaipėda, and the final production and installation works will be carried out in Germany. The patrol vessels with their 86-meter-long and 13-meter-wide hulls will meet the latest requirements in terms of design, technology, and environmental protection.
‘The consistent work on the implementation of the long-term business strategy of the company through continuous investment in innovative production technologies, process management and employee competence development ensure our competitiveness and ability to receive orders from leaders of the German marine industry such as Fassmer, who uphold the highest requirements and standards’, Mr Arnoldas Šileika, General Manager of Western Shipyard, commented on the special order.
Fassmer GmbH is one of the oldest German shipyards with profound shipbuilding traditions. The main areas of business of the company are shipbuilding, design, and manufacture of lifeboats, manufacture of deck equipment (cranes and other technological units), as well as production of offshore wind power plants and structures from composite materials (microfiber from glass, carbon, plastic). The shipyard specializes in the building of naval vessels, research vessels, ferries, yachts, SARs (Search & Rescue) and patrol vessels.