Bremen-based Leviathan GmbH has announced that it has signed a lease contract with the Hanseatic City of Stralsund, Germany, to secure a site in the Maritime Industrial and Commercial Park Volkswerft, with the plan to open Germany’s first and dedicated ship recycling facility.

Yesterday during a business forum at the Maritime Industrial and Commercial Park Volkswerft Stralsund, Lord Mayor Dr. Alexander Badrow, announced the news, mentioning that this day marks the beginning of a new era: “With Leviathan, we are taking a big step further towards a multifunctional, broad-based Volkswerft that combines maritime tradition with new technologies.”

Karsten Schumacher, Managing Partner of Leviathan says: “We are excited to take this next step in Leviathan’s journey to build a state-of-the-art ship recycling facility, that contributes to Europe’s circular economy by providing green steel to be recycled by steel mills.”

“The new facility offers us distinct advantages. With a 300m ship lift, and a 140m long workshop, we have a lot of options at our disposal. We have developed our proof-of-concept in Kiel and can dismantle ships efficiently, cleanly and almost without CO2-emissions. Now we are in the process to further improve our automation. We still have a lot of ideas to further develop, build, and test. Our robots, computers and pumps are well suited to work outside, but testing, tinkering and development is always easier for our people in a protected environment.“ 

Leviathan informs in its statement that it has an existing vessel to recycle and a number of other smaller ships in the pipeline for its scheduled trial and development phase. “There is a clear signal from vessel owners that there is strong demand for Leviathan’s services,” the company says.