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MEYER WERFT REPORTS A GOOD YEAR

Friday, January 3, 2020 

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, which is entering the Papenburg shipyard's 225th anniversary year, says that it enjoyed a strenuous and successful 2019, with three modern cruise ships handed over to international operators.

"In the last twelve months alone, we have taken on 395 new employees in Papenburg, thus enlarging our team to more than 3625 people. We continue to recruit new colleagues in all parts of the shipyard", said MD Tim Meyer. The shipyard has taken on all the 45 trainees who passed their final examinations, while a further 16 trainee positions have been instigated to ensure that that the future workforce receives the necessary qualifications.

At the same time, Meyer Werft continues to invest in its yard facilities. A modern €40m logistics centre is currently under construction for completion in early 2021, which will facilitate better coordination of material transportation and reduce the use of external storage facilities.

"Our order book allows us to put us on a good footing for the future. We have to take this chance. Together with partners and suppliers, this year our again whole team has revealed the passion and motivation that we dedicate to our ship projects, despite all the challenges", said Meyer.

Meyer Werft is working on new solutions to further expand its technology leadership in the construction of cruise ships. Intensive research is being pursued into fuel cell technology and other technical innovations on passenger ships on the path towards carbon-neutral cruise ships.

Three cruise ships will be leaving the shipyard in 2020. These include Iona as the second cruise ship for the British P&O Cruises to be fitted with a low-emission LNG propulsion system. Furthermore, the Spirit of Adventure will be handed over to Saga Cruises and the Odyssey of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International. The order books are filled to the end of 2023 with nine cruise ships, including seven with an LNG propulsion system.

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