Looking back at 2016: New technologies for cruise ships

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Jobs into the next decade

The situation in shipping industry and in world shipbuilding has deteriorated significantly. Nevertheless, orders for new cruise ships received by MEYER WERFT in 2016 have reached a good level. Jobs at the MEYER WERFT are safe in the long term. We have thus nearly fulfilled our Site Continuation Agreement with the State of Lower Saxony and the IG Metall trade union.

MEYER WERFT was able to assert new technological standards in the branch. In cooperation with its customers and in the context of new projects, MEYER WERFT has established LNG as the future fuel for cruise liners and also made fuel cell technology suitable for use on passenger ships. The shipyard's customer base includes nearly all major cruise shipping companies in the world.

In 2016, NEPTUN WERFT in Rostock-Warnemünde completed six river cruise ships for Viking River Cruises. In the spring, MEYER WERFT in Papenburg handed over the Ovation of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International, followed in the autumn by Genting Dream to Dream Cruises.

"We have set our course for the future with considerable investment in our sites in Papenburg and Rostock, creating new jobs and forging ahead with many innovative re-search projects", says CEO Bernard Meyer. "It is a real challenge to design and complete these huge, complex ships on time. Our commitment, paired with our new Technology and Development Centre and the excellent long-term cooperation with our partners help us to hand these ships over punctually and in perfect technical condition", Tim Meyer adds.

Photo – Norwegian Joy (in the building dock), which will be handed over in spring 2017