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Defence Minister : Ursula Von der Leyen, wants to let the Gorch Fock to continue restructuring

on suspicion of serious irregularities that have been stopped redevelopment of the sailing school ship "Gorch Fock" is expected to go in the beginning of next week. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants to cancel the current payment stop. The goal is to start again on Monday with the Work, said the CDU politician in Berlin on Thursday. Previously, there had been talks with the new leadership of the Elsflether Werft AG, which wants to bring the project to the replacement of the old tip due to infidelity allegations. The agreement in principle on the cancellation of the payment stops must formally agree nor Parties to the insolvency proceedings.

The Minister said there was a good Chance "that the "Gorch Fock" the seas again, to the world," will sail.

The cost for the renovation of the three-mast sailing ship skyrocketed over the years rapidly. Originally 10 million euros were earmarked, then it was increased to 75 million euros, in the meantime, the cost approach is increased to up to 135 million euros. To 2. January 2019 were issued, according to the Federal government, around 69 million euros.

The significant increase in costs was in accordance with previous data, especially from the previously documented poor condition of the vessel. In large Parts of the Work come, in the meantime, a new building.

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to order The Elsflether shipyard had on 20. February, applied for insolvency proceedings in self-administration. The background of the financial difficulties misappropriated millions of dollars in what attribute of the Leyen, and the new shipyard management of around six weeks ago, ousted the old leadership ranks are alleged to be.

The members of the Board rejected allegations of personal enrichment. "It went in all the activities that have taken place, always, is to help the shipyard, and not to enrich us personally," said Marcus Reinberg in the German press-Agency. Against him and his former colleagues on the Board, an investigation because of the suspicion of infidelity to run to the Prosecutor Osnabrück.

"The old shipyard Board has paid many millions of euros for the purpose, their Background must be investigated. This has endangered the solvency of the shipyard's solid,“ said by contrast, the district court of Nordenham in lower Saxony, appointed Trustee Per Hendrik Heerma of the dpa. "The InterMARtec stand at the top of a complex Corporate scheme it is now."

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The sail school ship of the Navy for over three years in a Dock, which has rented the Elsflether Werft in Bremerhaven. By a suspicion of corruption at a naval Arsenal employees and because of the turbulence in the shipyard of the total renovation of the three masters 2018/2019 hit the headlines. The shipyard had received in the past two decades, many contracts for the repair of the "Gorch Fock". (dpa)

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