Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd.


The history of Odense Steel Shipyard goes back to 1917 when the Yard was founded by the late Mr. A.P. Møller who was also the founder of Maersk Line. The Yard was then situated in Odense by the Odense Canal and had a capacity of vessels of up to 40,000 tonnes dead-weight, which was sufficient until the mid 1950's.

However, when the American oil company Chevron ordered a series of large tankers of 50,000 tonnes dead-weight, it was decided to enlarge the Yard’s capacity considerably. Consequently, the location of the old yard was given up and in 1957 the work of building a new and much larger yard at Lindø began.

Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd.

From the beginning the maximum capacity of the Lindø-yard was vessels of up to 200,000 tonnes dead-weight, a maximum which was thought more than sufficiently large for years to come. However, in 1968 the world market saw the first supertankers. The definition of a supertanker is a vessel of over 200,000 tonnes dead-weight... At Odense Steel Shipyard, now also called Odense Lindø, a new and again much larger drydock was built, this time the maximum capacity was increased to 650,000 tonnes dead-weight, a capacity which has proven itself sufficient.


For the technological developments at Odense Steel Shipyard the ESPRIT programme has played a major role. Today the yard is one of the leading shipyards in the world, but this was never made possible without ESPRIT.

It began in 1984 with the participation in the ESPRIT 595 project "Application of CIM to heavy welded fabrication". In 1987 the first two off-line programmed robots was tested in production, and already the year after six off-line programmed robots was operating in actual production. From this point the developments escalated rapidly, and in 1990 the first gantry mounted robot was integrated in production.

Today Odense Steel Shipyard uses more than 20 robots every day. Among the systems is the worlds biggest robot station with 12 robots each mounted on its own gantry. The station has a span of 40 metres and can weld ship sections up to 32 x 22 x 6 metres. In this robot system 96 axes are programmed and operated at the same time.

The biggest robot station in the world.

In the production today approximately 15 kilometres are welded by robots every week. The technology is implemented several places around the yard, and both small and very large sections are welded with robot technology.

Examples of automation technology used at Odense Steel Shipyard.


1988 Rapidly increasing demand for efficient container transport is met by a new type of panamax container ship which can carry 11 containers across in its cargo holes instead of 10 (which was the limit for all panamax container vessels up till now). The total capacity of these panamax container vessels is 4,344 teu (twenty foot containers). There are 12 vessels in this series.

1992 The world's first double hull supertanker is delivered by the Odense Steel Shipyard. This vessel is the first in a series of six 300,000 dwt crude oil carriers.

The world’s first double hull oil-tanker.

1994-95 Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. delivers three supertankers to the Saudi Arabian company Vela International Marine Ltd.
1996 Regina Mærsk, a very large container carrier, with a capacity of 6.000 teu is delivered from Odense. This vessel is the first in a series of 15 postpanamax container vessels and is among the largest container vessels worldwide.

Regina Maersk, the first container vessel in the world to carry 6000 twenty feet containers .



Thomas Heinicke
Odense Steel Shipyard LTd.
P.O. Box 176
DK -5100 Odense C.

tel: +45 63 97 1234
fax: +45 63 97 2300
Email: the@oss.dk
Internet: www.oss.dk