Lloyd Werft has expanded its management board, appointing Dirk Petersjohann to head Engineering & Offshore and moving toward closer co-operation with German Dry Docks and MWB, according to a release issued by Lloyd Werft.

Following their re-organization more than a year and a half ago into the Bremerhaven Shipbuilding Alliance, Kaiserhafen trio Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG,  German Dry Docks  GmbH & Co KG and MWB Motorenwerke Bremerhaven AG, are about to take a further step into the future.

Outlining the latest changes, Rüdiger Pallentin said: "We are moving even closer together. The top priorities now are to create synergies and more efficiency and to further expand our capabilities".

The Lloyd Werft spokesman believes these are "logical steps to secure the future" and part of this has been the acquisition of younger people at management level.

Engineering graduate Dirk Petersjohann (44) began his work as a member of the Lloyd Werft Board on August 1. Another young and experienced engineering expert - Guido Försterling (39) - has meanwhile joined German Dry Docks.

Lloyd Werft, German Dry Docks and MWB have already proven themselves in practice as autonomous brands within the alliance.

"The important thing now" said Pallentin’s Lloyd Werft Board colleague Carsten J. Haake, "is to exploit our mutual capabilities even further in order to find a common platform and strengthen the core competencies of the individual companies" such that the shipbuilding trio can work even closer together on the Lower Weser.

Dirk Petersjohann’s main job is to join Rüdiger Pallentin (59) and Carsten J. Haake (47) on the board of Lloyd Werft in strengthening sales. He will also take over the Design sector and further stimulate the offshore business.

Petersjohann previously headed sales at Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft and is a well-connected specialist in offshore newbuilding. His promotion now to the Lloyd Werft Board is a further rung on the career ladder but not unknown territory for him.

Petersjohann’s experience, above all else, along with his comprehensive knowledge of the offshore and engineering sectors and his all-round engagement were what decided the shipbuilding alliance to invite him to come to Bremerhaven. His job, among other things, will be to co-ordinate the engine works, machinery and engineering activities of all three companies. The idea is to intelligently and consistently expand the network of co-operation which is already being built up among the three companies in such a way as to benefit companies and customers alike.