Investments in companies - 1.7.2015
TUI Cruises GmbH and Meyer Turku Oy signed an agreement for two cruise ships. This order further strengthens the order book of the shipyard, which contains now a high work load until the year 2020.
"TUI Cruises has firmly established itself in the German-speaking market, with occupancy of our fleet totaling more than 100 percent last year," said Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI Cruises. This year, demand has also been excellent so far - with bookings currently being taken for five ships. A further expansion provides a great opportunity to strengthen our position with one of the most modern fleets in the German market."
“We are very happy and proud to continue our successful partnership with TUI Cruises by adding two new cruise ships to this advanced fleet of ships built by the yard in Turku. We are also working on further improving the ships again”, said Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku Oy. “For Turku shipyard this order is of great importance. We have now a solid platform to operate the shipyard at an output of 30 % above the 2015 level until 2020. We have now the long term view and stability to plan investments and further recruitments – i.e. to work on our competitiveness in the long run.”
Mein Schiff 4 was successfully delivered from Meyer Turku on 8 May 2015 and Mein Schiff 5 and Mein Schiff 6 are to be delivered in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The cruise ships ordered today will be delivered in 2018 and 2019.
Tanja Sabell, Communication Manager of Meyer Turku Oy, tanja.sabell(at)meyerturku.fi, tel. +358 (0)41 4488 740
Meyer Turku employs 1,350 persons and specializes in building highly complex, innovative and environmentally friendly cruise ships, car-passenger ferries and special vessels. Together with two sister shipyards in Germany, Meyer Werft in Papenburg and Neptun Werft in Rostock, Meyer Turku is one of the world’s leading cruise ship builders. The successful shipbuilding tradition in Turku has been continuing since 1737. The company is currently building cruise ships for TUI Cruises,a fast ferry for Tallink and cruise ships for Carnival Corporation. The design and construction of the ships are supported by the subsidiaries of Meyer Turku: 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 April 2008 and headquartered in Hamburg has been offering cruises for the German-speaking market since May 2009. Since the commissioning of Mein Schiff 4 in summer 2015 the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises currently consists of four ships providing a bed capacity of 8,848 (Mein Schiff 1: 1,924, Mein Schiff 2: 1,912, Mein Schiff 3: 2,506, Mein Schiff 4: 2.506). The ships have 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 as well as spacious balconies ensure that a cruise holiday with TUI Cruises are perfect for body and soul. Within the scope of the fleet expansion Mein Schiff 5 will be commissioned in summer 2016. With the identically constructed Mein Schiff 6 the well-being fleet will then grow in 2017 to six ships with around 14,000 beds. Environmental friendly directed business practices are firmly anchored in the corporate values of TUI Cruises. The new vessels set new standards in terms of environmental friendliness.