Readers will recall Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), delivered the Ullapool-Stornaway ship Loch Seaforth to CalMac in late 2014, as well as a series of freighters to Seatruck.
FSG is now a subsidiary of Siem Group, the multi-strand engineering organisation with Scandinavian principals. It was initially thought the yard would benefit from orders spun off by Siem’s offshore oil and gas interests, but it appears it is the ferry business that is driving the FSG order book with the yard becoming a builder of choice for major ferry operators.
Siem are said at FSG to be building and financing two freight vessels for DFDS. FSG also have an order for a big ship for Irish Continental Group (ICG) to be delivered middle of 2018 and named WB Yeats, of 194.80 m overall, 31.6 m beam with a cargo capacity of 2,800 lane ms in addition to a dedicated deck for 300 cars. She will have 435 passenger cabins and restaurants, bars and lounges on 4 decks, with a total capacity of 1,900 passengers and crew.
Flensburg is building another big ship, this time LNG-powered for Brittany Ferries, for Portsmouth-Ouistreham, for delivery spring 2019, and named Honfl eur. She will carry up to 1,680 passengers and 130 freight trucks or 550 cars.