March 31, 2021 - MEYER Werft and the Japanese group NYK have signed a contract for the construction of a medium-sized cruise ship. Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, it is the first new construction order for a cruise ship that has been placed with a shipyard worldwide. The client is one of the largest shipping companies in the world.
The ship, measured at 51.950 GT, will be built in Papenburg. The 229 meter long ship has 385 cabins. The number of passengers is given as 744. The ship runs on environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG). The MEYER shipyard describes the new building contract as an important step in securing the Papenburg location. Jan Meyer, Managing Director of MEYER Werft: “We were able to win our new customer from Japan as a new customer in this extremely difficult global market situation and global competition with the best ship concept, innovations, quality and what we consider to be a very challenging price. It is the first order in the 226-year history of the shipyard in which all contract documents and plans were drawn up and negotiated in the context of video conferences. The effort was worthwhile."
NYK Yokohama - rendering © MEYER Werft
At the moment, shipping companies can freely select shipyard locations around the world. The order comes at the right time for MEYER shipyard, as only one new building was in the order books for 2025. That does not change the fact that the capacity utilization at MEYER shipyard remains at a lower level than usual. There is still a lot of work to be done in 2025. Production in Papenburg is designed for an annual construction volume of 420.000 GT, while the two ships in 2025 will have a total volume of 182.000 GT. The shipyard is building the prototype of a small ship with no option on accompanying sister ships.
MEYER Werft - construction dock with Norwegian Getaway
Information about the client:
The NYK Group with more than 37.000 employees is one of the largest shipping companies in the world and is primarily active in the container, RoRo market and logistics with 700 ships. NYK is currently operating the Asuka II, a 240-meter-long cruise ship. The ship, measured at around 50.000 GT, serves the premium and luxury segment.