GERMAN NAVAL YARDS KIEL (GNYK) has started the construction of the first integrated Naval Rescue Centre (iMERZ) for the German Navy. On September 25th 2019, the start of the steel cutting ceremony took place at the shipyard in Kiel. The rescue centre will be used as a permanent deckhouse on the “Frankfurt am Main” combat support vessel. The equipment of the two operating rooms, the other treatment rooms and the laboratories with the necessary medical equipment and facilities will be supplied by the Baden-Württemberg project partner ZEPPELIN MOBILE SYSTEME (ZMS).
“We are proud that we once again are able to make an important contribution to optimise the capabilities of the German Navy,” said Jörg Herwig, Managing Director of GERMAN NAVAL YARDS KIEL. Ralf Griesbaum, Managing Director of ZEPPELIN MOBILE SYSTEME (ZMS), said: “After winning the contract for the feasibility study together in 2016, we are now looking forward to the joint implementation at the shipyard.”
“This order shows once again how closely shipbuilding cooperates with the maritime supply industry in Germany to develop and implement technical innovations for the Bundeswehr”, Herwig said. “This proximity and ability to cooperate is the strength of German naval surface shipbuilding and leads to new, innovative ideas”.
The iMERZ is a complete hospital consisting of a hospital ward, two operating rooms, an X-ray room, a dental technology department and various laboratories. Until 2015, a container-based rescue center was installed on the “Frankfurt am Main”. This was destroyed by a fire in 2015. The new iMERZ is to be integrated into “Frankfurt am Main” in Kiel in spring 2020.