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.
Three of the four former major GDR yards - in Wismar, Warnemuende and in Stralsund - as well as J.J. Sietas in Hamburg are now owned by Russian groups.
A Meyer acquisition of Turku would make sense in the light of regular warnings from Bernard Meyer about Asian competition in the cruise ship sector. He warned again in January that competition was still growing and that to continue to combat this pressure Meyer Werft “cannot exclude closer co-operation and partnerships with other European shipyards”.
Mr Meyer added that candidates for such co-operation would “need to have special technological know-how of and experience in building big cruise ships, ferries or offshore and research ships”. Turku appears to tick all the boxes.
Although there was no further word on progress at the talks as The Motorship went to press, there was some unconfirmed speculation in German ship equipment industry circles of potential orders for two 200,000gt ships, which might be built in Turku and could just be part of the negotiating equation.
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