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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 

The steel cutting ceremony of the second Costa Cruises ship build at Meyer Turku has commenced with the factory's brand new plasma cutter line being used for the first time in a production start ceremony.

Costa Cruises’ Costa Toscana will be the first ship benefitting fully from the new panel line at Meyer Turku. This is one of the major €100 million-plus investments in the steel halls, part of a €200m investment programme for the whole shipyard.

“Modern shipyard for modern ships,” said CEO Jan Meyer. “With the first Costa ship, Costa Smeralda, being delivered in October, both of these ships will have lots of beautiful design and interesting features – and of course very high quality work and best-in-industry engineering. We are very proud to build these ships for Costa.”

The Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana, slated for delivery in October 2019 and 2021, are each of over 180,000gt, with more than 2600 staterooms, and form part of the Costa Group’s fleet expansion plan, with seven new ships scheduled to enter service by 2023.

“The steel-cutting ceremony for the Costa Toscana is another step forward in our sustainable development plan.  LNG propulsion for cruise ships is a major innovation, pioneering a new era in the use of low carbon fuels that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment without compromising on safety, in line with our top priorities,” said Costa Cruises President Neil Palomba.

While Meyer Turku is investing into facilities, machines and IT-systems, it is recruiting some 200 new employees per year across all disciplines. “We are in constant need of qualified workforce and are also willing and able to train people even without previous background in shipbuilding. Shipbuilding in Turku now has a long and predictable future with our order book reaching to 2025. We warmly welcome everybody with strong motivation and good background to apply to work with us”, said Meyer.

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