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Kockums AB building sign

Kockums AB is a shipyard in Malmö, Sweden owned by the German shipbuilder Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), a subsidiary of Kiel-based ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.[1]

The shipyard formerly possessed a 138 metre high crane, known as the Kockums Crane, built in 1973/1974 and capable of lifting 1500 tons, which was the largest crane in the world when it was installed in 1974.[1] The crane was not used much because of the Swedish shipyard crisis of the late 1970s and 1980s. It was used the last time in 1997 for lifting the foundations of the high pillars of the Oresund Bridge.

The crane was sold the first time in the early 1990s to the Danish company Burmeister & Wain but the company went bankrupt shortly thereafter. It was later sold to Korean company Hyundai Heavy Industries. The crane was a landmark of Malmö from its time of construction until its dismantling to be shipped to Ulsan in South Korea in summer 2002.[1]

Kockums worked with Northrop Grumman and HDW to offer a Visby-class corvette derivative in the American Focused Mission Vessel Study, a precursor to the Littoral Combat Ship program. It competed with several other concepts including Norway's Skjold class (part of a Raytheon led group).

Ships built by Kockums[edit]

Ships built with Kockums technology[edit]

Future ships[edit]

  • A26 submarine (replacement of the Södermanlands class submarine)


  1. ^ a b c Larsson, Mats. "Kockums AB". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 September 2010.  (subscription required)

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