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Press Release

MEYER WERFT at a glance

High-tech shipbuilding indoors


The company MEYER WERFT in Papenburg on the river Ems was founded in 1795, and has

been owned by the Meyer family for six generations. Bernard Meyer is managing partner at

the helm of this well-established shipyard.

MEYER WERFT has achieved an excellent worldwide reputation in recent decades for

constructing and building special-purpose ships. Long-standing experience in the construction

of passenger vessels gained in the 80s has been the basis for a successful entry to the market

of large, modern cruise ships. To date the shipyard has delivered 34 luxury liners of different

tonnages to customers all over the world. The latest highlight was the delivery of the Celebrity

Reflection to Celebrity Cruises in October 2012.

Today, with its approx. 2,500 employees, MEYER WERFT is one of the biggest employers in

the region. In the family-owned company about 300 apprentices are trained in twelve different

professions. Over and above this MEYER WERFT cooperates with plenty of suppliers, which

ensures employment in regional companies and beyond.

With one club ship for AIDA Cruises, three ships for Norwegian Cruise Line and two cruise

ships for Royal Caribbean International, the shipyard's order book now includes six cruise

ships which will all have been completed by 2015.

MEYER WERFT has always proven to be extremely creative when it comes to outfitting of

their luxury liners: climbing walls on sundecks, golf simulators, Broadway-style theatres or

ultra-modern beauty and spa areas make holiday dreams come true. This well-established

company has meanwhile developed into Germany’s biggest contractor for theatres.

Moreover, with its green ship concept, the shipyard has been pursuing a lasting strategy for

improving the eco-friendliness of cruise ships. This concept embraces reduced emissions and

energy consumption, environmentally friendly water and sewage treatment as well as nonpolluting

waste disposal.

MEYER WERFT GmbH Phone +49 4961 81-5665 – Fax +49 4961 81-4373

Industriegebiet Sued, 26871 Papenburg presse@meyerwerft.de – www.meyerwerft.de/presse



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Luxury car and passenger ferries as well as RoRo ferries and passenger ships also count among

the shipyard’s range of products. Over the past few decades MEYER WERFT has built 30 ferries

and RoRo ships. NEPTUN WERFT GmbH in Rostock, an affiliated company of the yard, is a

builder of river cruise ships which are operated on the Danube and the Rhône, for instance. NEP-

TUN WEFT currently has ships on order, or under construction respectively, for the river cruise

operators A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH and Viking River Cruises.

Since 1983 MEYER WERFT has also built 24 passenger ships for the Republic of Indonesia. The

latest ship was the Gunung Dempo which the shipyard delivered to the Indonesian owners in June

2008. MEYER WREFT is also focusing on the construction of gas tankers for the transportation

of liquefied and chemical gases. In 2013 the 56th gas tanker was completed and delivered to the

owner by the Papenburg shipbuilders.

Another special field of MEYER WERFT’s activities is ship repair. What deserves special mention

is the extension of the cruise liner “WESTERDAM” (ex “HOMERIC”) by 40 metres for the

owner Holland America Line. The company has also a leading role on the international market in

the conversion of freighters to livestock carriers. To date 27 ships have been converted for the

transportation of sheep and cows.

In 1975 the shipyard moved its premises from the town centre to the periphery of Papenburg,

where first of all a covered building dock was built, which was extended between 1987 and 1990.

To meet the strong demand for newbuildings, MEYER WERFT made the biggest investment in

the history of the company in 2002: a second building dock and prefabrication halls featuring

state-of-the-art laser welding plants were built. The new building dock was once again extended

by 120 m in 2008 and in 2012 the shipyard’s laser center was extended by another hall. In doing

so, MEYER WERFT has provided the best possible conditions in order to stand its ground successfully

in the fierce international competition also in the future, and to be able to offer ships of

all customary tonnages.

Dimensions of the covered building docks:

Building dock I Building dock II

Length (hall): 370 m Length (hall): 504 m

Breadth (hall) 102 m Breadth (hall) 125 m

Height (hall): 60 m Height (hall): 75 m

Length (dock): 358 m Length (dock): 482 m

Breadth (dock) 40 m Breadth (dock) 45 m

Crane Capacity: 600 tons Crane Capacity: 800 tons


Founded in 1795, Papenburg-based MEYER WERFT GmbH has meanwhile been owned by the sixth generation

of the Meyer family. This well-established company has some 2,500 employees. MEYER WERFT’s extensive

production program covers a wide range of ship types, from cruise ships, gas tankers, livestock carriers and container

ships to car and passenger ferries. In order to stay successful in worldwide competition, production technology

has been continuously extended. Today, MEYER WERFT has the most modern production premises in

the shipbuilding industry. For more information go to www.meyerwerft.de


MEYER WERFT GmbH Phone 04961/81-4519 – Fax 04961/81-4373

Industriegebiet Sued, 26871 Papenburg presse@meyerwerft.de – www.meyerwerft.de/presse

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