West Germany's historical Finkenwerder shipyard, which has been producing since 1918, launched its last ship on Monday (March 5).
GV PAN Howaldtswerke Finkenwerder shipyard and sign.
SV Bow of last ship 'City of Edinburgh'
AERIAL VIEW ZOOM OUT Ship and shipyard.
SV Propellors TILT UP to rudder and stern.
SV PAN from hull to propellors.
SV Launching party at foot of steps to launch rostrum.
GV Crowd of shipyard workers and navy band onlooking PAN TO launching rostrum and official party. (2 shots)
SV Ship launched and in river. (5 Shots)
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Background: West Germany's historical Finkenwerder shipyard, which has been producing since 1918, launched its last ship on Monday (March 5). The yard, owned by the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) combine, is to close in summer after its last contract, for an offshore drilling rig, is completed. HDW, announcing the closure in January this year, said the yard's machinery was obsolete and too old for it to continue business. But its 1,600 workers will be found jobs elsewhere within the company -- which is currently sharing in the 25 per cent increase in the big West German shipping companies' order books. The Kiel yard of HDW, for example, is working its way through a series of 12 tankers of more than a quarter of a million tons each, with two 140,000-tanners and two container ships also ensuring a full workload to keep the yard in work until 1976.
During World War Two the Finkenwerder yard produced a large number of Germany's submarines and torpedo-boats, and was one of the first Germany yards to swing back into civilian production after the war.
Its last ship, launched at Monday's ceremony amid the graveyard of surrounding empty shipyards, is the 'City of Edinburgh' -- a 57,000-ton container ship for Britain's Ellerman Lines. Completion is due later this year.
SYNOPSIS: The historical West German Finkenwerder shipyard in Hamburg is to close in summer because its machinery is obsolete and too old. On Monday, it launched its last ship, the 'City of Edinburg', after fifty-five years of civilian and naval production.
The vessel, a fifty-seven-thousand-ton container ship built for Ellerman Lines in Britain, is due for completion later on this year. The yard will close after its last contract -- an offshore drilling rig, to be finished in summer. But even now, the shipyard is a barren grave of empty slipways...a graveyard only thinly disguised by the activity around the 'City of Edinburgh' on Monday. But its one-thousand-six-hundred workers will be given jobs elsewhere within the company that owns Finkenwerder -- for the company, HDW, is sharing in the West German shipping boom that has a twenty-five per cent increase in the order books of the major shipbuilding companies. At another of HDW's shipyards, for example, there is enough work to last into 1976.