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Q SHIPYARD SCOPE


Yard and union go


head to head


Meyer Werft is currently making local headlines in Germany as it is embroiled in a court case regarding the dismissal of its worker union leader, Ibrahim Ergin.


According to reports, Ergin is said to have coerced employees to join the union – some of whom have made a written complaint about his behaviour.


Although the leader denies any wrongdoing, the yard attempted an instant dismissal – an action that was challenged by the union. After several attempts over months failed to settle the case amicably, it will now be tried in court in December. “It would be


in December 2015, with the second ship to follow next year). Meyer Werft is expanding its


premises with a new centre that will house 3D planning, virtual reality and other advanced technology all under one roof. “Thanks to our stable financial situation, we are able to invest about £7 million in a technology and development centre. This will become home to our 500 engineers and technicians who are designing the ships using computers,” says Hackmann. The 5,500m2


centre is slated for


completion early next year. Of particular interest is the


integrated virtual reality room, which will be a larger version of


existing facilities already in use at Meyer Werft. Yard employees use the futuristic technology to better plan and visualise all aspects of new vessels, be it an engine room, theatre or the laundry facilities. The detailed 3D representations include models of the hull design, pipes and cable connections. This enables the engineers to see if every block fits into the construction plan and rules out mistakes, thus bypassing the high cost of potential corrections. Hackmann says that these large-scale projects could not be handled without digital help. “While this may seem like an expensive way to work – particularly considering all the financial investments involved


– in the long run, we see this as the best option for us and our custom- ers. We are always going the extra mile,” the spokesperson adds, stating that the yard prides itself on its dedicated work ethic. “Our contracts have set times for vessel delivery to our clients. And you can be sure that when we agree to a specific date, the vessel will arrive on that very day – even though we are making this commitment three years in advance.” So far, this work ethic has paid off


for the yard, but it remains to be seen how long it can stave off competition from shipbuilders that may not be able to offer precise timings, but rather significant cost savings.


unreasonable for us to continue working with Ergin after the incidents that have happened and behaviour that we have seen,” the yard said in a statement.


The union is under- stood to have alleged that the yard is padding its case against its leader in an attempt to further discredit him and justify their dismissal.


At the time of print, Ergin had filed a separate suit against Meyer Werft alleging that the yard published libellous information about his work on different social media without adequate proof. Ergin’s lawyer argues that this impinged on his client’s personal rights and the ship yard’s duty of care.


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