Papenburg (Germany)

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53.09874 N, 7.35934 E

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Papenburg is a major shipbuilding centre and an Ems RIver cruise port in Lower Saxony (Germany). The city covers a total area of approx 118 km2 (46 ml2) and has population around 40,000.

Papenburg is most famous for the Meyer-Werft shipbuilding yard, where many of the newest (and largest) cruise liners are built. Meyer-Werft Papenburg also constructs cargo vessels (car carriers, bulk ships, container / boxships, LNG carriers), passenger ferries, even paddlesteamers.

Meyer Werft Papenburg shipyard

The shipbuilding company Meyer Werft GmbH has its headquarters here. The company was founded in 1795 and is currently among the world's largest shipbuilders of passenger ships.

Meyer Werft shipyard (Papenburg, Germany)

  • Meyer Werft is a family-owned and managed company. In 1997, it became part of Meyer Neptun Group (with the acquisition of Neptun Werft in Rostock). In 2014, Finland's Turku shipyard (named Meyer Turku Oy) was also added to the group.
  • In September 2014 Meyer Werft acquired 70% of the shipbuilder STX Finland and also the Turku shipyard - from the shipbuilder STX Europe. The remaining 30% were owned by Finland. In 2015, the state-owned stake of 30% was also bought by Meyer Werft.
  • Meyer Werft became internationally recognized through its Ro-Ro ships (car carriers, car ferries), passenger ferry ships, boxships, livestock carriers, and cruise ships.
  • The shipyard employs about 3300 workers.
  • "Dockhalle 2" is the world's largest shipbuilding hall. This is the world's first covered dry-dock - opened in 1987. The hall has length 370 m (1214 ft), width 101,5 m (333 ft) and heigt 60 m (197 ft). In 1991 the drydock was extended with 100 m (328 ft).
  • In 2004, here was constructed a second roofed drydock, that was later extended to 504 m (length), 125 m (width) and 75 m (height). The project resulted into building capacity of 3 cruise ships a year.

Papenburg cruise terminal

Due to the shipyard's location on Ems River, upon delivery to their owners, these huge vessels have to navigate approx 36 km (22 km) dowstream to Dollart bay (Wadden Sea / North Sea / Baltic Sea).Meyer Werft Papenburg-built cruise ship conveyance along Ems River

Follows the itinerary map showing the cruise ship conveyance route from Meyer Werft Papenburg to North Sea along River Ems.Meyer Werft Papenburg-cruise ship conveyance itinerary map

Currently, 5 of 10 largest cruise vessels are built in Papenburg, not counting the 3 of 10 built by the Turku shipyard. CruiseMapper's list of cruise ships built in Papenburg (in and after 2010) includes:

The list of shipowners of vessels constructet by Meyer Werft Papenburg includes:

Meyer Werft shipyard (Papenburg, Germany)

The following CruiseMapper linkd are for all our news related to Meyer Werft and shipbuilding.

Other related CruiseMapper pages are themed on cruise ship design-construction-shipbuilders and newest cruise ships (on order / under construction).

The Papenburg cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Papenburg, Germany.

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