Meyer Turku Oy Celebrated the Start of Production of Cruise Ship Mein Schiff 5

Turku, 18 November 2014 - Meyer Turku Oy celebrated the start of production of cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 on 18 November 2014. The event was witnessed by members of Meyer Turku, TUI Cruises, DNV GL and media representatives. The cutting machine was started by Mr Mike Schwanke, Marketing Director of TUI Cruises.

Mein Schiff 5 is the third Mein Schiff class cruise ship being built at Turku Shipyard. For the customer, TUI Cruises, this ship will be the fifth member of their well-being fleet. Mein Schiff 3 was delivered from Turku in May 2014 and Mein Schiff 4 - which was floated out approximately 5 weeks ago - will be delivered to TUI Cruises in spring 2015. The start of production of Mein Schiff 6 will take place about a year from now.

“The team at Meyer Turku is very pleased and excited to start the production of Mein Schiff 5. Together with our workers, Finnish maritime network and our client TUI Cruises we are looking positively into the future,” says Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku Oy.

“We have set ourselves ambitious goals for the next few years, with plans to expand our cruise fleet between now and 2017 from three ships today to six, with 14,000 beds in total,” says Wybcke Meyer, CEO of TUI Cruises.

The technically highly advanced, innovative and environmentally friendly 99,500-GT cruise ships are approximately 294 metres long and some 36 metres wide. They have approximately 1,250 cabins (2,500 lower beds) and a crew of 1,000. Special attention has been paid to environmental friendliness and energy efficiency of the ships. Each vessel in the series of ships brings approximately 5,000 person-years of labour to Meyer Turku shipyard and a significant amount of labour for the Finnish maritime industry network as well. The domestic content of these ships is approximately 80%.

Additional information and interview requests:
Tanja Sabell, Manager, Communications, Meyer Turku Oy, tel. +358 41 4488 740

Meyer Turku Oy is one of the leading European shipbuilding companies owned by Meyer Werft (70 %) and Finnish State through Teollisuussijoitus (30 %). The company’s shipyard in Turku employs 1,350 people and specializes in building cruise ships, car-passenger ferries and special vessels. The subsidiaries of Meyer Turku are Piikkio Works Oy, which is a Cabin Factory in Piikkiö, Shipbuilding Completion Oy, which provides turnkey solutions to public spaces in ships, and ENG´nD Oy, which is an engineering company offering services for shipbuilding and offshore.

TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI AG and the global cruise shipping line Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The company founded in 2008 and headquartered in Hamburg has been offering cruises for the German-speaking market since May 2009. The Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises consists of three ships providing some 6,342 beds and has been designed from bow to stern with well-being and relaxation in mind. With its Premium All-Inclusive concept TUI Cruises is targeting first and foremost couples and families whose focus is on freedom, space, quality and personal service. Mein Schiff’s numerous service restaurants, the spa and sport zone, a personal Nespresso machine in every cabin, spacious balconies as well as relax islands on the deck ensure that a cruise holiday with TUI Cruises are perfect for body and soul.