Bremen-based LOEWE MARINE making a name for itself as integrated systems supplier in highly challenging market
The launch of the 200-plus meter “ALF POLLAK” at the Flensburger shipyards at the start of May marked the first major milestone of a new era for the naval architects at LOEWE MARINE, the supplier of the ship’s rudders and steering engines. Now, in July, LOEWE MARINE is notching up a second milestone, with shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) ordering four more rudder/steering engine packages for newbuild nos. 780 and 781 before the sister ship of the “ALF POLLAK” has even been completed.
LOEWE MARINE already has eight orders for rudder/steering engine packages on its books, despite having only launched the product in October 2017 – a sure sign the Bremen-based marine systems supplier has correctly identified a gap in the market and is doing very well at filling it. “With our innovative strengths in rudders and steering engines, we are proof that there is a place in today’s challenging market for young companies,” commented LOEWE MARINE CEO Carsten Löhmer. “Our highly experienced team covers a wide range of skills across multiple disciplines. This, combined with our network of big-name partners and agents worldwide, has earned us a global reputation as a solid, reliable supplier.”
These characteristics make LOEWE MARINE the perfect fit for shipbuilders like FSG, who value suppliers who can deliver advanced designs that reduce system installation costs and lower newbuild fuel consumption. The “ALF POLLAK” and its sister ship (newbuild no. 776) are prime examples of this – they show that successful shipbuilding calls for pioneering design concepts. The two new RoRo vessels, which will be bareboat chartered to the Italian shipping firm ONORATO Armatori and will run between Sardinia and Sicily, can each transport up to 310 articulated lorries, making them the biggest RoRo ships in the Mediterranean Sea region. “During the design process, we proved ourselves to be a strong systems supplier who can work closely and efficiently with the shipyard to achieve optimal integration of the rudder and steering engine systems,” Löhmer said. “In this way, we are able to overcome the compatibility problems that typically arise with rudders and steering engine systems, because we support our customers as integrated providers of turnkey packages. This approach simplifies subassembly installation, which significantly reduces overall installation costs.”