Ferries

In addition to the construction of cruise liners, MEYER WERFT has also a long and successful tradition not only regarding the construction of cruise ships but also of high-end car and passenger ferries, Ro-Ro and passenger ships.

Ro-Ro ships ("roll on - roll off") are not loaded by means of cranes but with the help of vehicles. Therefore they are having a hatch provided at the bow at sea level. Who doesn’t know the giants with the immense front-hatch?

Especially insular states depend on the operation of ferries. Hence it is not surprising that Indonesian shipping companies are among MEYER WERFT's longstanding customers. Since 1983 the shipyard has built a large number of passenger ships and ferries for this Asian country. Over the years the Indonesian shipyard PT.PAL and the specialists from Papenburg have developed a close cooperation. Nowadays shipbuilders from Indonesia and from Germany are joining forces to build ships for the insular state in the Pacific.

In 1993 the shipyard established a new record by building the world´s largest cruise ferry “SILJA EUROPA", operated by Silja Line in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden, mostly on the Turku-Stockholm route. As far as the interior outfitting is concerned, the Silja Europa almost meets the luxury standard of a cruise ship. Next to various bars and restaurants the ship also has a swimming pool with sauna and a theater.