Since April 2015, Meyer Turku assumed 100% ownership of the Finnish shipyard after taking a 70% ownership interest in September last year, with the Finnish state holding the balance. Having built cruise ships since 1970, Turku has gone through many different ownership constellations, but now appears to be on solid ground with the family-owned Meyer group, which can trace its shipbuilding history back to 1795. Together with shipyards in Papenburg and Rostock, the group’s orderbook counts 16 cruise ships, plus a ferry, a gas tanker and river cruise vessels.
Meyer Turku had six cruise ships and one fast ferry on its orderbook at press time, plus an option for another fast ferry, which CEO Jan Meyer told was close to full utilization of the yard until 2020. For Turku, the orderbook includes Mein Schiff 5 and 6 for deliveries in 2016 and 2017. Then follows Mein Schiff 7 and 8, for deliveries in 2018 and 2019.
Turku also has orders for two 180,000-ton, 5,200-passenger ships for Costa Crociere for deliveries in 2019 and 2020. (Carnival placed a similar order for two AIDA ships with Papenburg). The new ships will be the first cruise ships to be powered by LNG both at sea and in port. They will have dual-fuel powerplants and LNG tanks onboard.
Efforts have also been undertaken to engage more Finnish marine industry suppliers.