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Research into alternative shipbuilding materials
A four-year project funded by the EU is seeking to research alternative lighter weight shipbuilding materials to reduce energy and maintenance costs for operators. 06 Jul 2017
01 Jan 1970
Meyer Werft secures another AIDA order
Carnival Corporation has ordered another 71,300gt cruise ship for its AIDA Cruises brand from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft. 12 Aug 2010
German yard spirits rise as business picks up
Welcome newbuilding orders, impressive completions and some positive corporate moves against a background of improving markets have revived spirits this autumn in German shipyards, writes Tom Todd. 23 Sep 2010
Germans clinch €1.2 billion order for cruise ship duo
German cruise ship builder Meyer Werft has bagged an order worth €1.2 billion for two 143,500 GT newbuilds for NCL for delivery in early 2013 and 2014, writes Tom Todd. 26 Oct 2010
Disney’s dream nearing completion
‘Disney Dream’, the biggest cruise ship built by Meyer Werft to date, was recently floated out of the yard’s covered building dock. 15 Nov 2010
German yard 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. 15 Dec 2010
New orders raise German hopes, but crisis far from over
German shipbuilding saw its fortunes improve in 2010, but experts caution, as the New Year dawns, that the crisis is far from over and that despite some new work, more orders are needed, writes Tom Todd. 31 Jan 2011
Meyer news brightens German scene
Monday’s news about declining German yard deliveries in 2010 has been brightened by word now from leading cruise ship builder Meyer, writes Tom Todd. 29 Dec 2010
Germans reveal more newbuild orders
Two of Germany’s most prominent shipyard groups - P&S Yards and Meyer Werft - have announced new orders for ship types seen as crucial for the future survival of specialist European shipbuilding, writes Tom Todd. 24 Jan 2011
German newbuilding: time for the specialists
Times remain hard but German newbuilders are not giving up, writes Tom Todd. Specialist production changes underway almost everywhere to meet changing demand are being reflected in impressive newbuildings and in some unexpected new orders. 31 Oct 2011
Small German cruise ships to beat Asia
Ro-ro builder FSG has revealed that it and fellow German yard, cruise ship builder Meyer Werft, are working to develop new types of smaller ‘adventure’ cruise ships to beat rising Asian competition in the sector. 18 Oct 2011
New Dutch tanker type underway at Meyer
Work has begun in Germany on an environmentally friendly Dutch LNG tanker type which will run on both heavy oil and low emission LNG fuel and is the first of her kind for both her owners and her builders. 11 Nov 2011
Koja Group gets its biggest order
Finnish air conditioning system supplier Koja Oy recently signed a contract with Meyer Werft GmbH for the delivery of the entire air conditioning systems for two 4,200 passenger ‘Sunshine-project’ cruise ships for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. 26 Nov 2011
Meyer news lifts poor year for Germans
German newbuilding yards in general can look back on a depressing production year in 2011, but leading facility Meyer Werft reports good business and work in hand on 20 ships up to 2014, writes Tom Todd. 30 Dec 2011
Mixed fortunes in German yards as offshore booms
Tom Todd relates a story of mixed fortunes currently in German newbuilding with some yards busy and prospering while others struggle to find work and stay afloat. Proving a blessing is offshore work, specifically tough wind power transport and installation newbuildings and yards continue to switch production to join in the boom. 01 May 2012
Meyer Werft rounds off Celebrity quintet
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has delivered the 126,000gt 'Celebrity Reflection', fifth and last in the Solstice Class series of cruise ships which have cost a total €3 billion. 09 Oct 2012
Meyer to build its biggest cruise ship ever
German cruise ship builder Meyer Werft has clinched a giant contract worth about €700 million with Norwegian Cruise Line for a 163,000gt cruise ship and secured an option for a second. 18 Oct 2012
Cruise ship builder Meyer faces challenges
Meyer Werft head Bernard Meyer says Germany’s premier cruise ship builder faces big challenges and only by cutting costs and increasing productivity can it hope to master them, writes Tom Todd. 29 Dec 2012
Meyer delivers dual-fuel engined gas tanker
The Meyer Werft yard in Papenburg, Germany, has officially handed over the ‘Coral Energy’ LNG tanker to Dutch shipping company Anthony Veder. It is the first of a new class of tanker to be equipped for dual-fuel operation. 03 Jan 2013
Neptun helps as parent Meyer cuts costs
German shipyard Neptun is reported transferring work to Meyer Werft to help its parent company cut costs and further raise productivity to meet stiffer competition, writes Tom Todd. 08 Feb 2013
Fire breaks out on 'Norwegian Getaway’
On 5 March 2013, a small fire broke out on new build, ‘Norwegian Getaway’, at Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II in Papenburg, Germany. 08 Mar 2013
Alfa Laval equipment for ‘Norwegian Breakaway’
Sweden's Alfa Laval’s marine equipment has been installed on Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest cruise ships, being built by Germany’s Meyer Werft. 04 Apr 2013
Finance secured for more Meyer Longships
Financing has been secured for the building of another 10 Viking Longship inland cruise newbuildings at Germany’s Meyer Group and for the first time half of the order will be completed in Papenburg, reports Tom Todd. 08 Jul 2013
German yards do well with very different ships
Two more orders for luxury inland cruise ships have been won by Meyer subsidiary Neptun Werft in Warnemuende, bringing the number ordered since 2000 to an incredible 45, writes Tom Todd. 03 Oct 2013
Asian cruise company orders from Meyer Werft
Malaysian cruise operator Star Cruises has placed a contract for a 150,000gt cruise vessel with German yard Meyer Werft of Papenburg. 08 Oct 2013
Yards stay busy as production switches bite
According to Tom Todd, both large and small yards in Germany are reaping the benefits of diversification and streamlined production, and have attracted some significant newbuild orders despite some still-unresolved failures along the way. 27 Jan 2014
Meyer unveils LNG bunker barge
German shipyard Meyer Werft – no stranger to tanker newbuildings despite being better known for its cruise ships - has completed the design draft for a flexible new LNG bunker barge, reports Tom Todd 19 Dec 2013
Another cruise contract for Meyer
Papenburg, Germany shipyard Meyer Werft has announced another cruise newbuilding order from Malaysian operator Star Cruises. 11 Feb 2014
'Sonne' floats out
Germany’s newest and most advanced ocean research ship, the €124 million 'Sonne' has been floated out at Meyer Werft in Papenburg for fitting and transfer in May to Emden for North Sea trials, reports Tom Todd. 07 Apr 2014
Finnish government plans to join with Meyer Werft to buy STX Turku yard
The Finnish government is understood to be in talks with Meyer Werft of Germany with a view to a takeover of the STX-owned Turku shipyard. 12 May 2014
Merkel turns out for Sonne launch
Chancellor Angela Merkel has launched and named Germany’s latest, biggest and most expensive research ship to date – the €124.4 million 'Sonne' - as builders Meyer Werft seek a “final settlement soon” in their bid to acquire STX Finland. 12 Jul 2014
More NCL orders for Meyer
Meyer Werft has booked in two more 164,600 gt cruise ships worth €1.6 billion from Norwegian Cruise Lines bringing to four the number the German yard is now building for NCL, reports Tom Todd. 15 Jul 2014
‘Sonne’ kicks off German research fleet revamp
German Chancellor Angela Merkel put the finishing touches to the building of Germany’s biggest and most expensive research ship to date by naming and launching the €124.4 million ‘Sonne’. 03 Sep 2014
Meyer/Finland talks: a refreshing change
Meyer Werft talks with the Finnish Government about the possible acquisition of STX Oy and its cruise ship building facilities in Turku were still going on when 'The Motorship' went to press, says Tom Todd. 03 Sep 2014
Variety marks flexible German newbuilding
Meyer Werft’s delivery of its biggest-ever cruise ship and its mind-boggling €1.6 billion order for two more 164,600gt Breakaway Plus newbuilds highlight German newbuilding this autumn: but they are not the only highlights in an active year which has seen a variety of orders and deliveries as the dust settles on another round of shipyard ownership changes, as Tom Todd reports. 03 Sep 2014
Meyer takes Turku with TUI orders
Leading German cruise ship builder Meyer Werft said Monday it had agreed to take over a 70% share in STX Europe’s Turku shipyard and also revealed that Hamburg-based TUI Cruises would be ordering two further ships in its Mein Schiff series at the Turku yard, reports Tom Todd. 04 Aug 2014
Meyer Turku begins operations
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft and the Finnish government have finalised the purchase of the share capital of STX Finland Oy from STX Europe Ltd. 22 Sep 2014
Meyer Werft delivers ‘Quantum of the Seas’
Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard has delivered the 167,800 gross tonne cruise ship ‘Quantum of the Seas’ to US cruise operator, Royal Caribbean Cruises in Miami. 30 Oct 2014
Ultra-modern Sonne is ready to go
What is said to be the world’s most advanced deep-sea research ship, the €124.4 million Sonne, was handed over to the German Government Monday in Wilhelmshaven by Meyer Werft, reports Tom Todd. 18 Nov 2014
LNG ferry planned at Meyer Turku
Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku have signed a letter of intent for the construction of an LNG-fuelled ro-pax vessel, of about 212m length and 49,000gt, for delivery in 2017. 11 Dec 2014
Eaton power for newbuild cruise ships
Global power management company, Eaton, has secured a contract with German shipbuilder, Meyer Werft to supply power systems onboard two of its cruise ships currently under construction for Star Cruises. 13 Jan 2015
ABB win Star Cruises propulsion contract
ABB has been awarded orders worth US$60m to provide electrical power plant and propulsion systems for two Star Cruises vessels to be built by Meyer Werft at its Papenburg yard. 19 Jan 2015
Tallink chooses Wärtsilä for dual-fuel ro-pax
Tallink has selected Wärtsilä to power its dual-fuel ro-pax ferry on order from Meyer Turku. 12 Mar 2015
ABB propulsion for LNG fast ferry
Power and automation expert, ABB, has won the contract to deliver the complete electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and energy management solution for Tallink Grupp´s new LNG powered fast ferry. 17 Mar 2015
ABB Azipod propulsion for NCL newbuilds
Azipod XO propulsion units will power two new vessels to be built for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) by Meyer Werft, under a US$60 million contract with ABB. 18 Mar 2015
Carnival carves up nine newbuild orders
Carnival Corp has split responsibility for nine next-generation ships between German shipbuilder Meyer Werft and Italian counterpart Fincanteri. 30 Mar 2015
Cryo LNG fuel system for Tallink ferry
Meyer Turku shipyard has ordered a high-power LNG fuel tank and gas handling system from Cryo AB, to be installed on a next-generation high-speed ferry under construction for Tallink Grupp. 13 Apr 2015
Carnival enlists Meyer for LNG cruise ships
Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku are to build the first cruise ships to be powered by LNG at sea under a multi-billion euro contract with Carnival Corporation for four 180,000gt cruise ships. 15 Jun 2015
‘First’ LNG-powered cruise ships for Costa
Meyer Werft is to build two new next-generation cruise ships for Costa Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, which will be the world’s first to run on LNG, representing a major environmental breakthrough. 30 Jul 2015
Construction begins for Tallink LNG fast ferry
Construction of Tallink Group’s new generation LNG-powered fast ferry has begun at Meyer Turku shipyard. 14 Aug 2015
Meyer stays put but strategy changes
Meyer Werft has told its 3,100 workers it will not leave home base in Papenburg for at least 15 years, writes Tom Todd. The company has also revealed a new shipbuilding process at the yard. 23 Jan 2015