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SWO - Schiffswerft Oberelbe GmbH

The company SWO designs, develops, constructs and distributes conveying technology for the bulk materials industry.

The products are of high quality and reliability. They are adapted to our customer's demands by a constant enhancement. The manifold improvements are always innovative.

Our core competence is in landbased conveyors, floating conveyors and all kinds of special conveying systems.

Our customers are the sand and gravel industry, lime sand bricks and hardstone plants as well as bulk materials producers and fabricators in general.




Foundation by a technician for ship-building, Johann Gottfried Schinke, continued by his son Gustav Schinke. Construction of barges.


Takeover by Ernst Liebich. The product range has been expanded with motorised ships for bulk materials and scows for the german Wehrmacht. Accomplishing of maintenance work for ships.


The company becomes a KG (limited partnership), production of reservoirs, tanks and containers.


The socialist state imposed a holding to the company.


With the production of technical water vehicles like suction flushing dredgers and floating bucket ladder dredgers, a change in quality of the product range has taken place.


Merger with the company J.C. Ritter (shipyard Königstein) to the "Vereinigte Stahl und Schiffsbau Oberelbe Königstein" (United Steel and Shipbuilding Upper-Elbe Königstein).

1972 Nationalisation of the company to VEB Schiffswerft Oberelbe
1979 - 1984 Completely new construction of the shipyard in Bad Schandau
1981 - 1989

Enhancement and distribution of the floating grab dredger of the shipyard Eisenhüttenstadt with a grab volume of 2.6 m³.
Besides the control-ships with a length of 12 m, after 1981 the floating belt conveyor type SWO was developed, constructed and distributed (own patent).
For flood prevention, and especially for smaller rivers, a bucket ladder dredger with diesel-electric drive of all elements was constructed.

1989 - 1990 Takeover of the company by a trust.
1991 Takeover by W. Rohr Otterstadt, construction of components for floating grab dredgers, bucket ladder dredgers and floating belt conveyors.

Insolvency of Bleichert & Rohr.


Takeover by BEYER GmbH - Floating dredgers for sand and gravel in Viernheim, Germany.