Frequently Asked Questions

We have established this section in order to be able to answer you most pressing questions immediately and directly. To make things easier for you, we have ordered the questions and answers in specific subject areas such as River Ems Conveyances or Tours of the Shipyard.

To make the work easier for you and for us, please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us. If you don not find the corresponding answer to your question, we are looking forward to your email to


  1. When and where can I find out about the precise conveyance dates?

    Current conveyance dates of ship transfers are published on Alternatively you can use MEYER WERFT’s hotline on +49 4961 815089.


  2. Why are conveyances repeatedly postponed at such short notice?

    The conveyance of a MEYER WERFT ship depends on the tides of the river Ems. Also wind and weather conditions must be suitable to ensure a safe conveyance. As the shipyard depends on proper weather conditions, it is often impossible to give out precise dates and times. Changes in schedules are therefore possible and are always published Information on schedule changes can also be requested on MEYER WERFT’s hotline on +49 4961 815089 or on +49 4961 83 96 - 0.


  3. Why do conveyances not always take place at the weekend or in the afternoon?

    The Ems conveyance is a very difficult and expensive manoeuvre. It is also highly dependent on the tides and the water level in the river Ems. Hence it is unfortunately not possible to bring the optimal circumstances for the conveyance in line with the preferences of the spectators.


  4. Is it possible to take part in a seal trial or Ems conveyance on board a ship?

    Tourists cannot take part in a conveyance onboard the ship. The conveyance is a difficult manoeuvre, that may also have to be postponed due to unfavourable weather conditions


  5. Where can I park my caravan to watch a conveyance? Whom should I contact?

    During a conveyance you can park your caravan inn one of the public parking areas. Please contact the local tourist association, Papenburg Tourismus GmbH in advance by phone on +49 4961 8396-0, by email to or on


  6. Why are the ships conveyed backwards?

    Generally speaking, it is easier to manoeuvre a ship backwards. The pods on the ship’s stern “shovel” water below the hull – similar to a front drive of a car – which makes the river conveyance easier.



  1. Can I visit MEYER WERFT?

    Tours of MEYER WERFT are offered on a daily basis. Visitors have to sign up with the local tourist association, Papenburg Tourismus GmbH. During the winter months additional public tours are offered twice a week. Precise information on schedules, prices, etc., is available on the phone number +49 4961 8396-0, or by email to , or via the Internet on .


  2. Where can I find information on shipyard tours (entrance fees, schedules, etc.)?

    Where can I find information on shipyard tours (entrance fees, schedules, etc.)? , by phone on +49 4961 8396-0 or by email to .


  3. How and where can I book a tour of the shipyard?

    Visitors can sign up for shipyard tours at the local tourist information, Papenburg Tourismus GmbH. Tickets can also be booked online on Papenburg Tourismus GmbH's website. For more information on dates and prices call Papenburg Tourismus GmbH on +49 4961 8396-0, send an email to or go to .


  4. Can I go on board a ship during a shipyard tour?

    For reasons of security and safety it is not possible to go on board of a ship during a shipyard tour. For those interested in shipbuilding MEYER WERFT has set up a huge visitors centre which offers detailed insight into shipbuilding. From two galleries visitors can watch ongoing construction on cruise liners and ferries.


  5. How long does a shipyard tour take?

    A shipyard tour typically takes about two hours.


  6. Can private tours be arranged?

    Private shipyard tours are offered throughout the year and are charged extra. For more information on dates and prices call Papenburg Tourismus GmbH on +49 4961 8396-0, send an email to or go to .


  7. How many persons may take part in a group tour?

    Generally speaking, public shipyard tours should be limited to groups of up to 14 persons. For groups of 15 persons or more, a special tour must be booked. For more information on dates and prices call Papenburg Tourismus GmbH on +49 4961 8396-0, send an email to or go to .


  8. May public tours be cancelled?

    Generally speaking, shipyard tours take place as planned. In the event that the bus transfer for visitors from the "Zeitspeicher" in Papenburg to the shipyard is not fully booked, Papenburg Tourismus GmbH reserves the right to change the bookings. You will of course be notified of any changes made.


  9. Can I, as a wheelchair user, take part in tours of the shipyard?

    Wheelchair users can take part in tours of the shipyard without any problems.


  10. Can I take my dog with me on the tour?

    It is not permitted to take pets on a shipyard tour .


  11. May I take photos during the tour?

    It is generally allowed to take photos during the tour.



  1. Where can I get printed information about the shipyard?

    General printed information can be requested from Papenburger Tourismus GmbH by phone on tel. +49 4961 8396-0, by email to or aon . The MEYER WERFT website also provides updated information on the shipyard and the ships



  1. To what extent is MEYER WERFT engaged in sponsorship?

    MEYER WERFT has close ties to Papenburg and the region. The company is the biggest local employer and bears responsibility for more than 2,600 employees, their families and a great many suppliers. The shipyard invests primarily in its own facilities so as to secure jobs and training for young people. The funds available are used almost exclusively for strengthening the local regional economy and creating new jobs.

    MEYER WERFT is also invloved in music festivals, supports volunteers in honorary posts, invests in its staff by supporting healthcare, advanced vocational training, and helps to bring job and familiy issues in line.


  2. How does MEYER WERFT support the local job market?

    MEYER WERFT invests in the creation of training positions and apprentices, strengthening the local job market in the process. Every year approx. 300 young people are trained in demanding professions. For information on training positions and apprenticeships offered by MEYER WERFT go to the Jobs menue on, call Mr. Dirks Kreutzmann, on +49 4961 814475, send an email


  3. What does MEYER WERFT do for the environment?

    Environmental protection is of great importance to MEYER WERFT. This applies not only to the production process, but also to the products themselves. The company sets the highest standards for itself and for its suppliers when it comes to sustainability and ennivronmental protection. The “green ship concept” is an example of how everything is done to make the ships eco-friendlier, which complies with the idea of doing business with a focus on sustainability. For more information read the shipyard’s environmental report.



  1. I need to write a paper dealing with MEYER WERFT. Where can I find appropriate material?

    General printed information is available from Papenburger Tourismus GmbH, phone +49 4961 8396-0, by email to or on .The MEYER WERFT website also provides updated information on the shipyard and the ships.


  2. I need to conduct a survey for my university degree. Can I ask MEYER WERFT to take part?

    MEYER WERFT does not participate in surveys, since these usually involve a considerable amount of work. Thanks to the shipyard’s full order books, the high workload will keep the company busy well into 2019 leaves no room for any other commitments.



  1. What does the launch of a MEYER WERFT ship look like?

    Launches – in the true sense of the meaning – do not take place at MEYER WERFT. The big ships are built under the roof of the building docks. Once a ship is completed, the dock is flooded until the ship has floated up, then it is ready to leave the building dock.


  2. What does the so-called "Blockbuilding process“ stand for?

    MEYER WERFT builds its ships according to the so-called “Blockbuilding principle”. This means that prefabricated units are assembled to sections, many sections become a block, and the blocks become a ship – similiar to the toys of "Lego". The blocks are assembled and welded up to form the ship’s hull. A typical cruise ships comprises approx. 80 blocks.


  3. Where can I book a cruise on a ship built by MEYER WERFT?

    To book a cruise on a ship built by MEYER WERFT you have to contact the cruise companies or a travel agency. It is not possible to book a cruise with the shipyard. Got to the “ships” menu on for links to our customers.