Schichau Seebeckwerft

Schichau Seebeckwerft

Infobox Company
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company_type = GmbH
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foundation = 1837
founder = Ferdinand Schichau
location_city = Bremerhaven
location_country = Germany
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key_people = Karl-Heinz Jahncke, CEO
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industry = Shipbuilding
products = Ferries
RoRo ships
RoPax ships
Container ships
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num_employees = ~380
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Schichau Seebeckwerft (often abbreviated SSW) is a German shipbuilding company, headquartered in Bremerhaven. The name comes from the 1988 merger with Seebeckwerft.


The company was founded in 1837 by Ferdinand Schichau in Elbing (Elbląg) as F. Schichau. It started by manufacturing steam engines and heavy equipment. From 1847 it produced steam engines for ships, starting with the engine for the first entirely Prussian-built steamer "James Watt" (of Mitzlaff shipyard). In 1854 Schichau built a shipyard in Elbing, and in 1855 the first German iron screw steamer "Borussia" was built thereNitka, Andrzej: "Przedsiębiorstwo stoczniowe F. Schichau. Elbląg-Piława-Gdańsk-Ryga-Królewiec. Zarys dziejów 1837-1945" in: Morze, Statki i Okręty nr. 6/2007, p. 62-71 pl icon] . From 1859 the works also produced locomotives. In 1872 Schichau bought Mitzlaff's shipyard in Elbing, enlarging his production capabilities. From 1877 the shipyard produced ships for the Imperial German Navy and export, becoming specialized in torpedo boats and destroyers. Since Elbing is located on the river, what limited a size of ships built, a new large shipyard in Danzig was opened in 1890, later becoming a part of the Gdańsk Shipyard after 1945. After World War I the shipyard was threatened with bankruptcy and in 1929 it was bought by the German government. In 1930 the company bought also a small yard in Königsberg (now: Yantar Shipyard).

After 1945 shipyards in Danzig, Königsberg and Elbing were found on the Soviet and Polish territories, and the company restarted business in Bremerhaven in West Germany, merging with the Unterweserweft in 1972 to become Schichau Unterweser and with Seebeckwerft in 1988 to become Schichau Seebeckwerft. The company, which was then bought by Bremer Vulkan and initially closed in 1996, was spun off and is still in business today.

With its long history of major shipbuilding, the company is also known as Schichau-Werft, or Schichau Seebeck Shipyard ( meaning shipyard).

hips built by Schichau Seebeckwerft (selection)

Civilian ships

*, (1982)
* (1981)
* MS Herald of Free Enterprise (1980, sunk in 1987)
* M/S Peter Pan (1986)
* M/S Nils Holgersson (1987)
*, (1989)
*, (1990)
* M/S Supefast I (1995)
* M/S Superfast II (1995)

Naval ships


* "Kaiser" class battleship:
** SMS "König Albert": Launched 27 April 1912

ubmarines (U-boats)

* 64 x Type VII submarines (1939 - 1944)
* 30 x Type XXI submarines (1943 - 1945)

Großes Torpedoboot 1913 class Torpedo Boats

* SMS S31
* SMS S32
* SMS S33
* SMS S34
* SMS S35
* SMS S36

Großes Torpedoboot 1916 class Torpedo Boats

* SMS S113

Elbing class torpedo boat

*15 Elbing class torpedo boats (Flottentorpedoboot 1939)


External links

* [ Homepage of "Schichau Seebeckwerft"]

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