Specialized and Demanding Cruise and RoPax Ferries

MEYER TURKU is a well-known and reliable partner for designing and building innovative, tailor-made cruise vessels and ferries according to the customer’s needs. The ships built in Turku shipyard are known to be the safest, most environmentally friendly, comfortable, reliable and energy efficient in the industry. The following innovations have their origins in Turku: the first purpose built-cruise ship; the first cruise ship with all outside cabins; the first diesel-electric cruise ship; the first pod-propulsion cruise ship; and first cruise ships with indoor atrium promenade.

MEYER TURKU has a long track record in building many kinds of specialized and demanding cruise and RoPax ferries such as the first gas turbine-powered large fast ferries; the first diesel-electric modern passenger ferries; the biggest fast aluminium catamaran ferry; the first cruise ferries with ship-long eight meter-wide atrium promenade; the biggest cruise ferries in the world with exceptional comfort class 1; the first ferries built according to probabilistic damage stability; the first big LNG-powered cruise ferries; and several fast- going large monohull RoPax vessels with exceptional speed/power performance for low fuel consumption and energy efficiency.

The safety of the passengers has always been of high importance to us. We are known as the forerunners in many new safety features onboard, such as alternative design procedures for large public areas for passenger, lifeboat arrangements, atriums, firewalls, semi-watertight and light watertight doors etc. We have long experience of working with the authorities and classification societies to find safe and customer-friendly safety solutions for our vessels.

Environmental friendliness and energy efficiency are of high priority to us. Over the last few years, we have built passenger ships featuring the latest technologies, such as LNG- operated vessels with very low emissions, and vessels with scrubbers and catalytic converters for reducing emissions of sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides. We are also known for building very energy-efficient vessels with outstanding hydrodynamic performance and numerous other energy saving innovations.

Meyer Turku also participates in many development projects together with network companies. An example of this kind of project focusing on increasing eco-efficiency in the Baltic Sea region is ECOPRODIGI.

The Baltic Sea is one of the busiest and most vulnerable seas. Shipping in the Baltic Sea is highly regulated and the industry is under pressure to meet the regulations. In addition, customers are increasingly interested in the environmental performance of shipping. The shipping industry in the region is also facing increasingly fierce competition. Thus, there is a need to produce more value with less resources, waste and pollution – i.e. a need for more eco-efficient operations and processes in the shipping industry.

Digital solutions enhancing eco-efficiency throughout the vessel lifecycle ECOPRODIGI addresses both the environmental and economic challenges by increasing eco-efficiency at all stages of the vessel lifecycle from design and building to the use, maintenance, stowage as well as conversion processes.

In practice, ECOPRODIGI not only provides highly needed information about the key eco-inefficiencies of the industry but also concretely develops and pilots digital solutions to better measure, visualise and optimise the industry processes.

ECOPRODIGI also improves the capacity of the maritime industry actors to enhance eco-efficiency in their operations by providing training for the key actors and by designing a digitalisation road map for increasing eco-efficiency. As digitalisation remains largely unexploited in the maritime industry, ECOPRODIGI also strengthens the public support for digitalisation by providing policy workshops and recommendations.

About ECOPRODIGI project:

Name: Eco-efficiency to maritime industry processes in the Baltic Sea Region through digitalisation

Duration: 10/2017 - 10/2020

Total budget: 4,243,492.11 €

European Regional Development Fund: 2,996,231.57 €

Norwegian Funding: 282,250.00 €