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.
Germany’s leading shipbuilder Meyer has signed an agreement with its workforce and local state and union bodies under which jobs in Papenburg are secure until the end of 2030. The deal also guarantees training and core research and development activities as well as further investment in Papenburg, the home of Meyer since the family concern was founded in 1795.
The agreement will reduce concern over possible job losses in Germany as a result of the yard’s acquisition of what is now Meyer Turku. Yard head Bernard Meyer said: “Papenburg as a location has never been in any doubt for me.” But he stressed that new orders remain the basis for long-term employment security.
As well as pledging to stay in Papenburg, Meyer Werft noted the introduction of production strategy changes in a review of 2014.
Referring to its giant building docks 1 and 11 with dock lengths of 358m and 482m it said “the only way to deliver two large ships a year from Building Dock II is to divide each new ship into two large floating parts”.
Spokesman Guether Kolbe told The Motorship: “From now on building dock 1 will serve only as a supply dock – in other words no further complete ships will be built there but only two blocks for delivery to dock 11. By doing this we can slash the time needed to join the blocks and thus deliver two ships a year”, he explained.
Subsidiary Neptun also benefits from the changed strategy because “in future it will be able to deliver complete engine room modules”, ensuring “a balanced workload” in Papenburg and Warnemünde”, Meyer said. Mr Kolbe said Neptun’s first modules were being built up to about autumn this year.Meyer has just delivered its biggest ship ever, the 348m long Quantum of the Seas and will deliver sister Anthem of the Seas in spring.
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