The Finnish architect and marine engineering company announced plans to establish offices in Hamburg’s Hafen City, targeting January 1, 2020, as the launch date for Foreship GmbH.
Olli Somerkallio, current Head of Machinery at Foreship's Helsinki office, will be the Managing Director for the German venture. Its goal is to develop closer ties with German owners, shipyards and marine engineering companies in order to better respond to the needs of existing customers and seek new business opportunities.
According to Lauri Haavisto, CEO, Foreship, the move ties into the company's plans to grow its existing cruise business and target additional ship types as per the ambitions set by the new majority shareholder, Vaaka Partners.
"We believe Hamburg will be key in attracting new business from German clients to Foreship's complete ship design, refit, project management and ship life-cycle service expertise. In addition, it will provide a focus for attracting talent from Germany's rich naval architecture and marine engineering talent pool to Foreship. We will also strengthen our ties with German universities to offer graduates an exciting and challenging career path", says Sommerkallio.