During his visit to the GERMAN NAVAL YARDS KIEL (GNYK) shipyard, Dr. Thilo Rohlfs, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism, emphasised the importance of surface shipbuilding: “Surface shipbuilding creates and secures many jobs and is thus a very important factor for the positive economic development of our country. We as the state government are very proud that with GNYK we have such a vital and ambitious shipyard in Schleswig-Holstein”. In addition, the German shipyards and the ships they built also made an important contribution to the safety of Germany and Europe.
Another important point of discussion in Kiel was the current procurement project for the multi-purpose warship 180 (MKS 180) for the German Navy: “A current example of the strategic importance of this branch of industry is the multi-purpose warship of the Bundeswehr. With German Naval Yards, we now have only one German general contractor in this billion-dollar competition, which is to be decided by the end of the year. I very much hope that this contract will go to Germany so that the local naval industry, including its many suppliers, can continue to develop technologically and so that jobs in this branch of industry are secured over the next few years,” said Rohlfs.