Germany's Meyer Werft Float Out 'Norwegian Getaway'
The 146,600-gt cruise ship 'Norwegian Getaway', whose construction has taken just 12 months, has been floated out of Meyer Werft 's covered building dock II for fitting out after tests in the harbour. The new cruise ship's passage down the River Ems towards the North Sea is scheduled to be in the next few weeks with a mid-Janaury 2014 delivery and the crew are already on board for familiarization. The ship has a length overall of 324 m and is 39.70 m wide. Meyer Werft say that its construction complies with the latest safety standards, and the ship meets all valid environmental regulations.
Meyer Werft Buys Finland out of Turku Shipyard
Germany's family-owned Meyer Werft shipyard is buying the Finnish state out of Turku shipyard in southwestern Finland, the government said on Wednesday. Meyer Werft and the government last year bought the troubled shipyard from Korean trade and ship corporation STX, with the change of ownership helping the yard to win several orders. The price Meyer Werft is paying Finland for the 30 percent stake it does not already own was not disclosed. Reporting By Jussi Rosendahl
Meyer Werft Makes Cuts
Meyer Werft is negotiating new orders to build more cruise vessels and is hoping that respective decisions on the placing of orders will be made by this summer provided the war in Iraq will come to a soon end. The potential utilization identifiable from these negotiations will by far not suffice to employ the existing capacities. For this reason, a significant cutback of about 800 employees is mandatory. During today’s information meeting, Meyer Werft staff were informed about the forthcoming restructuring measures The management presented their plans how to secure jobs past 2004. Due to the difficult world economy and the reluctant market assessment Meyer Werft has to reduce their present staff of 2,600 by approx. 800.
Meyer Werft Delivers Disney Dream
Disney Cruise Line took possession of its newest ship – Disney Dream – from the Meyer Werft shipyard in a traditional maritime ceremony aboard the ship in Bremerhaven, Germany. The Meyer Werft flag was lowered, while the Disney Cruise Line flag was raised, transferring ownership from the shipbuilder to Disney. The milestone closes the book on the ship’s construction journey, which began nearly two years ago in Papenburg, Germany, and signals its readiness to welcome guests on its maiden voyage, set for Jan. 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Meyer Werft Begins LNG Cruise Ship Build for AIDA
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has laid the keel for AIDAnova, set to become the first cruise ship worldwide that will operate both at sea and in port fueled with liquefied natural gas (LNG). With AIDAnova’s first building block lowered into place on September 6, 2017, Carnival Corporation & plc officially marked the start of construction of seven fully LNG powered cruise ships due to be commissioned between 2018 and 2022 for four of its 10 cruise ship brands. The seven vessels for Carnival Cruise Lines…
Celebrity Cruises Starts on Solstice
Celebrity Cruises has taken its first step toward physically launching Celebrity Solstice in Fall 2008. The line's President Dan Hanrahan ceremoniously pressed the start button for the plasma cutter at shipbuilder Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, creating the ship's first steel plate. Accompanying Hanrahan were Celebrity's Executive Vice President Maritime & Newbuilding Harri Kulovaara, Celebrity Solstice Project Manager Jarmo Laakso, and Meyer Werft's Managing Director Bernard Meyer, Lambert Kruse and Project Manager Uwe Wulf.
Meyer Werft Deploys Dassault Systèmes’ Marine & Offshore Solutions
On the way in a new digital era: Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and Meyer Werft, one of the world’s leading cruise ship builders, today announced that Meyer Werft is deploying Dassault Systèmes’ “On Time to Sea” and “Designed for Sea” industry solution experiences to more efficiently design and build its ocean-going cruise ships, enhance its innovation skills and expand its market leadership. This deployment reinforces the long-standing cooperation between the two companies.
ABB Wins Orders for Star Cruises Ships
ABB has won orders worth $60 million to deliver complete electrical power plant and propulsion systems for two new vessels for Star Cruises operated by Genting HongKong and to be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The orders were booked during 2014. ABB will supply complete electrical systems for the new vessels, including power generation and distribution systems and thruster motors, as well as its latest-generation Azipod XO propulsion system, commanding power output of 20.5 megawatts (MW). ABB said its energy efficient Azipod propulsion uses less fuel than traditional systems, provides greater maneuverability in all operating conditions, and will contribute to optimized vessel performance and a high level of passenger comfort and safety.
Meyer Werft Offers 60 Apprenticeships
Meyer Werft will offer another 60 apprenticeships as of September this year, increasing the number of young people being trained at the shipyard in various professions to 277. This announcement was made by Bernard Meyer, managing partner of the shipyard, during the inauguration ceremony for the new Visitors' Center on the yard premises. Full order books keeping the shipyard occupied well into 2012 call for more skilled personnel. Meyer Werft allows for this challenge by training the specialists for the future. At the same time this step proves the company's attachment to the Emsland region from where some 1,000 young people have applied to the shipyard for an apprenticeship.
ABB Wins $60m Repeat Azipod Order
Azipod XO propulsion units will power two new vessels that Meyer Werft will build for Norwegian Cruise Line. ABB has been awarded a contract worth $60 million to deliver Azipod propulsion and power systems to two Norwegian Cruise Line vessels. The Breakaway-Plus class cruise ships will be built by Meyer Werft of Germany and delivered in Q2 2018 and Q4 2019. The new 164,000 gt vessels will be equipped with ABB's Azipod XO electrical propulsion systems, which are already featured on several of Norwegian Cruise Line’s new vessels, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway as well as the larger Breakaway-Plus class ships, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss, currently under construction at Meyer Werft. ABB will also deliver complete electric power plants, generators and drives to the ships.
Wilhelmsen Wins Contract from Meyer Werft
Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering won an order from Meyer Werft in Germany to finalize the cruise ship AIDAblu and two new cruise vessels, NB689 (unnamed) and NB690 (unnamed) being built for the German cruise operator, AIDA Cruises. Under the terms of the deal, Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering's subsidiary, Wilhelmsen Callenberg Fläkt will deliver heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and related engineering services. The order has an estimated value of EURO 10.4 million. The company has been involved in AIDA's new building program since 2004 and has delivered HVAC system design and advanced equipment to AIDAdiva, AIDAluna, AIDAbella and AIDAblu.
Dutch Decks for German-built Passenger Ships
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft and Dutch deck specialist Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing BV have extended their close relationship. This includes work on the latest cruise ship to be built at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg shipyard. The 130,000gt vessel, delivered this month, is fitted with some 15,500 m2 of Bolidt material for the outdoor decks. The majority of the deck areas, as well as the stairs and steps, have been covered using Bolidt’s environmentally-friendly Bolideck Future Teak…
Carnival’s Costa Brand Orders Two LNG Cruise Ships
Carnival Corporation & plc today announced that its Italian brand, Costa Cruises, has placed orders for two new cruise ships as part of an agreement with Meyer Werft to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world. Today’s announcement follows one from Carnival Corporation in June indicating that the other two ships included in this multibillion dollar contract are destined for its German brand, AIDA Cruises. The four-ship contract with…
Meyer Werft and Disney Sign Contract for Two Ships
Disney and Meyer Werft have signed the contract for the two new cruise ships. The ship will have the yard numbers S. 687 and S. 688 and will have a tonnage of 124,000 gt. They are scheduled for delivery in 2011 and 2012. Each ship will have a length overall of 339.8 m, a breadth of 37 m, and a cabin capacity of 1,250. Source: Shipping Times
Meyer Werft joins forces with STX Finland
German cruise ship builder strengthens its yards. MEYER WERFT joins forces with the STX Finland shipyard in Turku. Following weeks of negotiations the Finnish Government and MEYER WERFT signed a share purchase agreement with the current owner STX Europe. With its 70% stake MEYER WERFT takes the industrial leadership of the new company. At present some 1,300 employees and a specialized supplier network are involved in the construction of the cruise ship Mein Schiff 4 for the German cruise operator TUI Cruises from Hamburg.
Cruise Ship Newbuilding Famine Relieved by NCL
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) orders new cruise liner from Germany's Meyer Werft with option for a second. The ship's contract price is approximately euro 700 million and the company has export credit financing in place which was arranged and underwritten by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH of Germany. Delivery is scheduled for delivery in October 2015, and the delivery for the second (optional) ship would be spring 2017. The new ship, at 163,000 gross tons and approximately 4,200 passenger berths…
Carnival Orders New Cruise Ships to Stuff Approx 7,000
Carnival Corporation has signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world. The four new ships will be the cruise industry's largest yet—but only in head count, not in size. The new vessels are capable of accommodating 6,600 passengers alongside hundreds of crew members. The large-capacity cruise ships will set sail between 2019 and 2022. The 180,000 gross ton cruise ships will also feature a revolutionary "green cruising" design.
Keel Laid for Norwegian Cruise Line Ship
First block set in place at the Meyer Werft Shipyard as construction begins on second Breakaway-class ship. Norwegian Cruise Line executives and officials from Meyer Werft took part in the Keel Laying Ceremony of Norwegian Getaway at the shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. During the official ceremony, block number 34, the first of 73 blocks that will comprise the 146,600 gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building dock, marking the start of the block assembly. In the dock…
Fourth LEG/LPG Tanker Started
Magne Morken, Managing Director of the Norwegian shipping company Solvang ASA, pushed the button of the computer-controlled plasma torch for the steel construction of the fourth gas tanker out of a series of four. Cutting of the first steel plate marks the start of the production process of the new gas tanker. The LEG/LPG tankers will have a length overall of 154.9 m, a breadth of 22.70 m and a cargo capacity of 17,000 m3. They will be able to operate at a speed of 17 knots. In addition to ethylene, the tankers will also be able to carry vinyl chloride monomer, ammonia and propylene oxide, cooled down to minus 48° C. Deliveries of these special vessels, yard numbers S. 653, S. 654, S. 681 and S. 682, are scheduled for the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2007 and the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2008.
Disney Dream Nears Completion at Meyer Werft Shipyard
After 20 months of construction, the Disney Dream cruise ship floated out of the enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard Oct. 30, completing a major construction milestone. The ship was greeted by thousands of visitors lining the shore to see the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, which features the first water coaster at sea and other cruise industry firsts. The “float out” is a special maritime event that celebrates the ship’s final stages of construction, where exteriors become complete and final touches are assigned to interiors. The celebration was punctuated with a fireworks display and the appearance of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The Disney Dream is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage on January 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Fla.
Anthem of the Seas Officially Delivered to RCL
Royal Caribbean’s 2nd Quantum Class cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, was officially delivered to the cruise line by Meyer Werft in a signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany. Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain officially received the 16-deck-high vessel from Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard. “I am very happy to receive Anthem of the Seas from Meyer Werft Yards,” said Richard. “We’ve always broken the mould with each successive ship we build, and Anthem of the Seas is no different. Anthem of the Seas is 168,666-tons and a sister ship to Royal Caribbean's much-hyped Quantum of the Seas, which launched in October with a number of first-for-the-industry features such as a deck-top ride into the sky and a bar with robot bartenders.
Carnival to Add Nine Ships to Cruise Fleet
Carnival Corporation & plc today signed two strategic memorandums of agreement that will add a total of nine new cruise ships to the company’s fleet over a four-year period from 2019-2022. The shipbuilding agreements, which include options for additional ship builds in the coming years, are subject to several conditions, including satisfactory financing. Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A and German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will each build new ships based on Carnival Corporation’s next-generation ship designs…
Royal Caribbean Signs LOI for 158,000 GRT Ship
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. has signed a letter of intent with shipyard Meyer Werft to build the first of a new generation of Royal Caribbean International cruise ships. Developed under the code-name “Project Sunshine,” the new vessel design incorporates new and exciting features that take advantage of the best of Royal Caribbean’s experience and imagination. The project is a result of over a year of dedicated research and development. The order calls for one ship to be delivered in the Fall of 2014 with an option for a second ship for Spring 2015. The 158,000 Gross Registered Tons (GRT) new build will carry just over 4,100 guests based on double occupancy. The estimated all-in cost per berth is about €170,000.