The keel of Mein Schiff 5 was laid today, 23 June 2015, at Meyer Turku shipyard’s drydock. Just before the keel-laying ceremony, the start of sister ship's Mein Schiff 6 production took place in the construction hall of the shipyard.
The production of Mein Schiff 6 was launched officially when Wybcke Meyer, TUI Cruises CEO, started the plasma cutting machine in Meyer Turku's production hall. Another important event was celebrated on the same day at the shipyard - the next milestone in the process of building the Mein Schiff 5.
Mein Schiff 5 hull construction started by lowering the keel block into shipyard’s drydock. Some coins were put under the keel block in order to bring luck for the ship, following old traditions in this event. Representatives of Royal Caribbean, TUI Cruises, Meyer Turku and Det Norske Veritas classification society, invited guests and press representatives joined the events.
Mein Schiff 5 and Mein Schiff 6 are scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017. Just like Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4, their sister ships, they will be 294-metre long, with 15 decks, 1253 staterooms and capacity to carry 2,506 passengers. 90% of the cabins are outside, 82% are balconied.
Both ships are being built to the latest technological standards with environmentally-friendly and innovative technologies. They are exclusively energy-efficient and consume 30% less energy in comparison to cruise liners. Due to the advanced exhaust cleaning system using a catalytic and scrubber converter, sulphur emissions will be reduced by 99% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 75%.