German chancellor visits Hanse Yachts shipyard

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Hanse Yachts shipyard in Greifswald on Tuesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets workers at the Hanse Yachts AG shipyard.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets workers at the Hanse Yachts AG shipyard.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and regional parliamentary member Egbert Liskow visited the Hanse Yachts shipyard in Greifswald on Tuesday to get to know the yacht manufacturer.

After a brief welcome and company presentation by CEO Jens Gerhardt and CFO Sven Göbel, Merkel visited the production lines.

There she talked to employees, learning about production processes firsthand.

"I already showed a lot of people what I do as a boatbuilder. However, I never would have dreamed that I could once explain the deck-setting process to the German chancellor herself,” Hanse Yachts boatbuilder Ronny Elgeti said in a statement.

Hanse Yachts said Merkel was particularly pleased about the current success of the company and a related increase in employment. She emphasized the importance of training young people, which with 44 active apprentices plays a vital role for Hanse Yachts.


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