Launching ships efficiently

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  • Schweizerische Bodensee Schifffahrt

Bodensee Werft relies on regenerative matrix converter

The traditional shipyard of the Swiss Lake Constance Shipping Company in Romanshorn has state-of-the-art technical facilities: these include an energy-efficient slipway for hoisting and launching ships weighing several tons. By using a matrix converter from the Yaskawa company, the regenerative energy can be fed back into the grid directly and with high efficiency.


Since 1850, today's Schweizerische Bodensee Schifffahrt (SBS) has ensured good connections on Europe's large inland lake. In the beginning, the steamers were repaired in a railway workshop at Romanshorn harbor. However, the shipyard in Romanshorn began operating as early as 1864. There, in what is now the largest shipyard in the Lake Constance region, ships are still maintained today, not only the liner ships of SBS, but also those of other companies such as Bodensee- Schifffahrtsbetriebe GmbH Deutschland (BSB). However, the dimensions of the historic buildings were no longer sufficient, for example, for the 60 m long SBS ferry MF Euregia. For this reason, the listed ensemble was extensively renovated in 2014. The hall was extended by 19 m and the roof raised by 1.2 m. The workshops, such as the carpentry, painting, locksmith's, mechanical workshop and the offices were also adapted to meet today's requirements.