For the sailing school ship “Gorch Fock”, the Pride of the Navy, it is Pointed on a button. As a shell, the 1958-built ship is in a Dock in Bremerhaven. With each step of the 2016 start of the remediation, the problems have become greater, while costs have exploded.

The Federal court of auditors in a report, the first of the “mirror” reported, a bitter balance sheet of the past 20 years. The state of the three-master was, at last, even dangerous.

With a cost budget of 10 million euros and 16 weeks of planned construction, the Elsflether had started a shipyard in lower Saxony, the Work in 2016. Especially the outer skin of the ship, however, was in a much worse condition than expected. The whole tradition of ship is so dilapidated that it is now practically a new building. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, approved in January 2017, a cost increase to 75 million euros, in March of 2018, 135 million euros – on the basis of recommendations of their experts in the so-called line templates.

in fact, the Work had been begun, without checking the condition of the ship and the cost-effectiveness of the project sufficiently, stated in the confidential test report from the 3. January. The last complete and documented investigation of the “Gorch Fock” were there accordingly, in the year 1979 – almost 40 years ago. “Both decisions to the Federal Minister for the continuation of the repair-based, therefore, on false, or not sufficiently meaningful information”, the auditor.

finally, the operation of the “Gorch Fock” from expert’s point of view even a hazard for the crew. The wreck Commissioner has warned, according to the report, that the actual condition of the ship, over “a period of many years, a considerable danger of the ship and crew ran out”.

There are doubts as to whether renovation is the right way to be found in the report. Germany has specific requirements for a sail training vessel in the industry were in the past, but prices of 80 million euros for a new building on the example of other States. That a new building could cost about 170 million euros, as is the case with the decisions adopted, is also doubted. An Argument of the Navy the pace was: the need To keep the crew operational. The “Gorch Fock” was built once in only ten months, but on the Basis of older blueprints, and with still existing Parts of a kind of serial production.

In Berlin are also in doubt as to whether the project “Gorch Fock” could have been for the officer shipyard. Due to a corruption is suspected in the renovation of a payment stop is currently been anyway arranged. The green light is it can be only when guarantees are submitted for proper completion in the agreed framework. What would the Alternatives be? A scrapping of the radicals or a conversion to a Museum ship, which has also cost a lot of money. The old sailor just experienced its maybe the most severe storm in the country. When a decision is made, was unknown. On Wednesday, the defense wanted to advise the Committee about the ship.

The Opposition puts on the pressure: “It is now pure table must be made”, the FDP-defense politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, who announced himself as one of the first members. Within four weeks, they expect concrete proposals from the Ministry of defence, how it should proceed. The misconduct must also have personal consequences for the person responsible. Matthias Höhn (Left) accuses the Ministry of defence and the Navy, to have made the ship a million in the grave, and Alternatives examined. He finds: “It is time for an end to the “Gorch Fock”.”


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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