Meyer Werft invests once again in a future project at Papenburg shipyard. Due to the increasing number of employees and good order book, the decision has been taken to build a technology and development centre. Large parts of the development and design work in the new building complex is bundled for the new cruise ships under construction. A total of about 400 engineers and designers can work on various subject areas involved in cruise vessels.
The new building will boast a surface area of 5,500 m² on 4 floors. The overall investment is about EUR 10 million and contains state-of-the-art energy-saving measures and building control techniques, e.g. the use of geothermal cooling and heating. The construction is to be finished by the beginning of 2016.
Meyer Werft CEO Bernard Meyer said they were convinced that they could only remain successful if the employees could pursue "exacting work under good working conditions". The shipyard will also adjust the areas for recreation rooms and canteen areas in order to satisfy the continually increasing requirements.
In the past 12 years Meyer Werft has massively invested in the premise location of the shipyard and in new technologies (including robot technology, laser welding, assembly and flow lines and CAD-Software). Apart from the extension of a second dry dock in 2008, the laser centre was modernised and expanded in 2008 and 2011. A new pipe centre was built. More than EUR 550 million were invested during the past years.
Today, more than 3,300 employees in Papenburg are building sea-going, state-of-the-art cruise ships. About 500 employees in Rostock are building river cruise ships, as well as other special vessels. In Finland, 1,350 employees are currently working on new ferries and cruise ships.