Schichau Seebeckwerft

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Schichau Seebeckwerft GmbH
Industry Shipbuilding
Founded 1950
Defunct 2009
Headquarters Bremerhaven, Germany
Key people
Karl-Heinz Jahncke, CEO
Products Ferries
RoRo ships
RoPax ships
Container ships
Number of employees

Schichau Seebeckwerft (often abbreviated SSW) was a German shipbuilding company, headquartered in Bremerhaven. The name comes from the 1988 merger of Schichau with Seebeckwerft.


Main article: Schichau-Werke

The original company Schichau was founded in 1837 by Ferdinand Schichau in Elbing (Elbląg) as F. Schichau. It started by manufacturing steam engines and heavy equipment, later locomotives. In 1854 Schichau built a shipyard in Elbing.[1] A new large shipyard in Danzig was opened in 1890 (later becoming a part of the Polish Gdańsk Shipyard after 1945). In 1929 the shipyard was bought by the German government.[1] In 1930 the company also bought a small yard in Königsberg.

After 1945 shipyards in Danzig, Königsberg and Elbing were found on the Soviet and Polish territories, and the company restarted business in Bremerhaven in West Germany, merging with the Unterweserweft in 1972 to become Schichau Unterweser and with Seebeckwerft in 1988 to become Schichau Seebeckwerft. The company was then bought by Bremer Vulkan and initially closed in 1996. The new SSW Schichau Seebeck Shipyard GmbH, founded in 1998, was closed in 2009.

With its long history of major shipbuilding, the company is also known as Schichau-Werft, or Schichau Seebeck Shipyard (Werft meaning shipyard).

Ships built by Schichau Seebeckwerft (selection)[edit]

Civilian ships[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nitka, Andrzej: Przedsiębiorstwo stoczniowe F. Schichau. Elbląg-Piława-Gdańsk-Ryga-Królewiec. Zarys dziejów 1837-1945 in: Morze, Statki i Okręty nr. 6/2007, p. 62-71 (Polish)

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