September 25, 2019 (Google Translation) – GERMAN NAVAL YARDS KIEL (GNYK) has started the construction of the first integrated naval rescue center (iMERZ) for the German Navy. On 25 September 2019, the firing start took place at the Kiel shipyard. The rescue center will be used as a permanent deckhouse on the Einsatzgruppen provider “Frankfurt am Main”. The equipment of the two operating theaters, the further treatment rooms as well as the laboratories with the necessary medical devices and facilities is supplied by the project partner ZEPPELIN MOBILE SYSTEME (ZMS) from Baden-Württemberg.
“We are proud to once again be able to make an important contribution to optimizing 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 feasibility study together in 2016, we are looking forward to the joint implementation at the shipyard.”
“This order shows once again how closely shipbuilding is working with the maritime supply industry in Germany to develop and implement technical innovations for the Bundeswehr,” said Herwig. “This closeness and ability to cooperate is the strength of German naval overwater shipbuilding and leads to new, innovative ideas.”
The iMERZ is a complete hospital consisting of a hospital ward, two operating theaters, an x-ray room, a dental technology department and various laboratories. Until 2015, a container-based rescue center was installed at the “Frankfurt am Main”. This was destroyed in a fire in 2015. The new iMerz will be integrated in Kiel in the spring of 2020 on “Frankfurt am Main”.
The Bundeswehr is a long-standing customer of GNYK. The Einsatzgruppeversorger “Frankfurt am Main” was last for a repair of a tail damage in summer 2017 at the Kiel shipyard. In the summer of 2020, work on the new K 130 class Corvettes will start at GNYK. These are being built together in a joint venture with Bremer Lürssen Werft and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. In addition, GNYK is the last remaining German general contractor in the competition for the construction of the multi-purpose combat ship MKS 180 for the Bundeswehr.
GNYK has a first-class infrastructure and the necessary experience to build technologically highly complex naval vessels. The shipyard is also able to build and repair several large ships at the same time. Especially for missions or exercises of the NATO is a functioning shipyard infrastructure on the Baltic Sea of security policy importance.