defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) wants to pay for the refurbishment of the sail training ship Gorch Fock again. Thus, the since mid-December, the applicable payment stop would be terminated. The reason for this measure irregularities in the renovation of the ship. The commissioned company has tried to secure the contract with a new management.
the aim is now to begin again on Monday with the Work, von der Leyen said in Berlin after talks of your Ministry with the new leadership of the shipyard. The agreement in principle on the cancellation of the payment stops must formally agree nor Parties to the insolvency proceedings. Now there is a good chance that the Gorch Fock seas again, to the world to sail, said von der Leyen.
in The 1958-built ship has been repaired several times in the past in the Elsflether Werft. At the beginning of January but the Federal court of auditors had pointed out serious lapses in the rehabilitation of the three masters. Originally almost ten million euros had been provided for the renovation by the end of 2015. Meanwhile, the cost increased to 135 million euros, of which the Federal government has paid up to the beginning of January, approximately 69 million Euro.
The court referred to, among other things, before the restoration, there had been no comprehensive Damage assessment is still an adequate investigation of the cost-effectiveness. The Federal Ministry of defence admitted after serious errors.
Since October 2018, the Hamburg Prosecutor's office on suspicion of embezzlement in the millions against the former CEO of the shipyard, who was also Chairman of the owner Foundation. 20. February, the shipyard introduced with 130 employees and a bankruptcy filing. Of the bankruptcy, many suppliers are affected in the surrounding areas.