In the wake of the MV shipyards in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the traditional Lloyd shipyard in Bremerhaven also filed for bankruptcy in January. Both companies belonged to the Hong Kong conglomerate Genting. Its cruise division was in trouble because of the pandemic. The Lloyd shipyard has around 230 employees.
In addition to the insolvent operating company Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, the Rönner-Zech Group also took over the non-insolvent holding company Lloyd Investment and Management Company, Morgen said. The aim is to withdraw the bankruptcy application. In this way, all creditors would get their money and the employees of the shipyard would keep their employment relationships unchanged. According to the restructuring experts Morgen, the Rönner-Zech Group has agreed to present a business plan. If an auditor confirms, based on the plan, that the yard has a future perspective, bankruptcy can be averted.
The lawyer pointed out that there were several interested parties for the company. “There was a lot of interest, there was a struggle for the shipyard until the very end,” he said. The ship and yacht builder Al Seer Marine from the Arab Emirate of Abu Dhabi had expressed its interest in buying. Bremen politicians had campaigned for a regional solution.
Morgen did not want to give any details about the concept of the Rönner-Zech Group, the new owners should do that themselves. In principle, it is planned to continue using the shipyard for ship repairs and conversions. Free areas should therefore be used for work in the steel construction sector, for example.
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Union representatives called for a long-term perspective for employees. The industrial and shipyard jobs must be preserved in the long term and on collective terms, said Doreen Arnold from IG Metall Weser-Elbe. The employees of the shipyard were informed in writing shortly after the signing of the purchase contract, and a works meeting is planned for Monday afternoon.