The construction of Yard Number S. 240 was commissioned by Kleinbahn & Dampfschifffahrts AG, a steamship operator based on the island of Borkum. Prinz Heinrich was delivered by MEYER WERFT in 1909. It was a 37-metre-long steamer that operated as a cargo and passenger ship between Borkum and the mainland town of Emden. Prinz Heinrich, which has since been elaborately restored and recognised as a moveable monument by the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments, now operates between Ems and Dollart. It still sets sail for the occasional sightseeing tour, and sometimes even takes trips to Borkum and its native Papenburg – just like it did over 100 years ago.
A real milestone: When Durazzo was officially launched in 1921, it was the largest ship that had ever been built by MEYER WERFT. The cargo steamship measured 72.9 metres long and 10.45 metres wide.
MEYER WERFT managed to keep to its tight construction schedule and delivered Durazzo to Hamburg America Line (HAPAG) on time. The former head of the shipyard, Franz Joseph Meyer, didn’t get a minute’s peace during the entire construction process and vowed never to build such a large ship ever again. As a matter of fact, Durazzo remained the largest vessel that had ever been constructed in Papenburg until his death in 1951.
Another milestone: MEYER WERFT delivered its first gas tanker in 1961. At 60 metres in length and with 900 cubic metres of cargo volume, Kirsten Tholstrup was relatively small. This was followed by gas tankers for German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, British and Russian shipping companies. In the 1990s, around 20% of the world’s gas transportation vessels came from Papenburg. And this business area was further developed in 2018, when Coral Energice was delivered to the Dutch shipping company Anthony Veder. This is one of the most environmentally friendly gas tankers in the world, featuring dual-fuel engines.
Between the years 1983 and 2008, MEYER WERFT built arguably the largest ever series of passenger ships for the island state of Indonesia. Since then, the fleet of 24 passenger ships has been travelling back and forth between the islands and making improvements to the country’s infrastructure. The oldest ship, the almost 100-metre-long Kelimutu, can accommodate over 900 passengers. The newest and largest ship, Gunung Dempo, was completed in 2008 and can transport 100 containers and more than 1,500 passengers.
Homeric was the first ever cruise ship constructed at our shipyard in Papenburg, representing yet another milestone and the beginning of the cruise ship era at MEYER WERFT. It also became the first passenger vessel of its size to be launched sideways – this hadn’t been attempted by any other shipyard in the world! But it worked, as the ship slipped majestically from the slipway into the water on 28 September 1985.
After just two years of construction work, Homeric was delivered to an Italian shipping company, Home Lines, in May 1986. The cruise ship now travels around the world as “Marella Dream”.