Production on a new laser-hybrid welding line has begun at MV Werften’s Rostock yard where the first of three new shipbuilding halls – Hall 11.1 – has been opened.
The first of three halls which represent a total investment of about EUR 100 million, Hall 11.1 contains semi-automatic welding plant with integrated equipment, the only such facility in Germany. It is capable of producing panels of up to 25m by 16m for the Global class of cruise ships currently under construction there.
Hall 11.1 has equipment including a one-sided butt welding station with laser-hybrid welding head, additional MAG tandem welding heads with integrated milling and automated profile assembling with two-sided fillet welding of profiles using the laser-hybrid process and programmable robot portals.
Peter Fetten, CEO of MV Werften, said: “The new plant enables us to make a significant increase in the capacity of our steel prefabrication for the Global cruise ships in Rostock and take a further, important step towards Industry 4.0. It is one of the most innovative laser-hybrid panel lines in Europe and also unique, as it is specially tailored to our processes and the Global class.”
The second and third shipbuilding halls will be completed over the next six months. About 150 shipyard employees per shift will eventually work in the new complex.