Slowly but surely, the modernized Stralsund Maritime Museum is taking shape. Large aquarium panes have now arrived in the Hanseatic city, and they have traveled half the world.
Stralsund (dpa/mv) - The first panes made in Japan for new aquariums have arrived in the Hanseatic city for the conversion of the Stralsund Maritime Museum. An acrylic glass pane over six meters long has now arrived for a basin in the Indo-Pacific, completing the first delivery, the Maritime Museum said.
A construction crane, special scaffolding and ceiling openings specially created for this purpose were necessary to lower the panes into the narrow basement. "The work had to be done with centimeter precision and a great deal of sensitivity, because there is very little space on the construction site," said Andreas Tanschus, director of the German Maritime Museum. In addition, the panes are sensitive because of their dimensions.
When the delivery was made, employees of the Japanese manufacturer were also on site. The panes were already loaded at the end of 2022 and, according to the information, reached the port of Hamburg at the beginning of February. Another delivery from Japan is planned for autumn. The acrylic glass for the smaller pools was made in Germany.
The reopening of the exhibition is planned for the summer of 2024, when traditionally many tourists are out and about. There were delays in the work, and the 40 million euros approved years ago by the federal and state governments are no longer sufficient due to cost increases.
The Maritime Museum is part of the German Maritime Museum Foundation, which also includes the Ozeaneum in Stralsund, the Natureum on the Darß and the Nautineum on the Dänholm between Rügen and Stralsund. The Ozeaneum is dedicated to the cold seas and the Maritime Museum to the warm seas.