Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer was also present at the float-out of Mein Schiff 5, the latest in a series of state-of-the-art luxury cruise ships built in Turku for Germany-based TUI Cruises.
He was pleased to confirm that the building of Mein Schiff 5 has advanced as planned and on schedule. The contract for the ship was signed in September 2014, and that is also when the construction began.
“Step by step, the good work of our team is coming together and the ship is starting to look like a ship,” Mr Meyer said. “Its sister ship Mein Schiff 4 has been well received, yet we are not going to start resting on our laurels. Instead, we are implementing multiple improvements on Mein Schiff 5 to further improve the guest experience.”
When completed in summer 2016, Mein Schiff 5 will be 295 metres long and 36 metres wide. It will have 1,267 cabins, the majority of which are outer cabins with their own balcony. Additionally, the ship will accommodate approximately 1,000 crew members.
In accordance with the wishes of today’s cruise passengers, the ship will feature a high-quality theatre, an outdoor pool area, extensive sports facilities, as well as a wide and varied range of restaurants, among other things.
Shipbuilding, Finnish style.
Thick Order Book
The float-out and transfer of Mein Schiff 5 from the dry dock to the outfitting pier marks a shift from the construction phase of the ship hull to the outfitting phase. Following the float-out, it will take roughly six months until the ship is ready to be delivered to TUI Cruises.
Mein Schiff 5 (mein Schiff is German and means ‘my ship’) will be the first ship contracted and built from start to finish in Turku when the shipyard has been fully owned by the Meyer family. In April 2015, the Meyer family became the sole owner of Turku Shipyard when it purchased a 30% share capital from the State of Finland.
TUI Cruises has been satisfied with its cooperation with Meyer Turku, and as many as four Mein Schiff cruise ships are to be delivered from the Turku Shipyard to TUI Cruises in the upcoming few years.
Other clients have found Turku to be a good place for shipbuilding, too. Indeed, the order book of the Turku shipyard currently looks better than it has looked in decades: in the years leading up to 2020, Meyer Turku has altogether seven ships lined up, waiting to be built and delivered: in addition to Mein Schiff editions 5, 6, 7 and 8, the fine shipbuilders at Meyer Turku will also deliver a ship to the Estonian company Tallink, as well as a further two cruise ships to Costa Cruises, based in Italy.
That said, there should be plenty of keel-layings, float-outs and other events for Industrial PRIME to attend in the near future. Here’s hoping the weather will not be so goddamn cold next time around…
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