State-of-the-art research vessel ATAIR – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek supports federal government in innovative shipbuilding

The most modern official vessel of the Federal Republic of Germany was undocked. Fassmer shipyard floated out surveying, wreck search, and research vessel ATAIR from Kiel to Berne for final assembly. The shipyard is building the world’s first LNG-fueled seaworthy wreck search and survey vessel on behalf of the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).
The team led by Dr. Ute Jasper and Dr. Christopher Marx advised the federal government on the award procedures and contract negotiations. Thanks to LNG propulsion, ATAIR will not only emit 20% less CO2, it even meets the requirements for the “Blue Angel” eco-label.
Ute Jasper, Head of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Public Sector & Public Procurement Practice Group was pleased to note: “ATAIR sets new standards for environmentally friendly federal vessels.” Christopher Marx, who is responsible for contracts in the team, added: “Floating out to final assembly is an important step towards completion next year.”
The Public Sector & Public Procurement department led by Ute Jasper has been one of the three best procurement law practices for years. Since 1991, it has advised on awards, restructuring, large-scale projects, and cooperations in the public sector and has accompanied several hundred large-scale projects of the federal, state and local authorities and their subsidiaries with a total volume of more than EUR 20 billion without any procedures having been successfully challenged. We are also advising the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute on the bidding process for the construction of several multi-purpose vessels. 
Dr. Ute Jasper is one of the most renowned lawyers for procurement and infrastructure projects in the public sector. She advises federal and state ministries, municipalities, and businesses, particularly on innovative and complex projects. Ute Jasper heads Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's "Public Sector & Public Procurement" department. For years, she has been ranked number 1 in JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms, most recently in its 2017/2018 issue, and according to "Law Firms in Germany," is the "premier contact on the market" for infrastructure. In October 2016, she received the JUVE Award for Regulated Industries with her team.
Dr. Christopher Marx is a lawyer in the “Public Sector & Public Procurement” practice group, Düsseldorf. His practice focuses on complex and innovative projects in public procurement law as well as the drafting of contracts under civil law.

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