Meyer Werft Papenburg Shipyard invests in cruise ships' Zero Emissions Tech

   January 4, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

One of the oldest shipyards in service, the cruise shipbuilding company Meyer Werft celebrates 226 years in late-January. Throughout its history, the shipyard has played a major role in making changes to ship design, and its work influenced the shipbuilding community.

To cement Meyer Werft's position in the post-Coronavirus era as a modern shipbuilding pioneer, the firm has been working on new eco-friendly technological solutions for cruise liners. In a recent release, the company said intensive research was being "carried out on fuel cell technology and other technical innovations on passenger ships to pave the way for emission-free cruise ships.” 

2020 hit the cruise shipbuilding and cruise industries hard. Despite restrictions, Meyer Werft's shipyard in Papenburg Germany was still able to deliver 2 vessels - Iona (for P&O Cruises UK) and Spirit of Adventure (for Saga Cruises), respectively, in September and October 2020.

P&O Cruises Iona ship

To keep the company afloat during the crisis and hereafter, several measures were undertaken, including an investment freeze, an extensive savings package, a RIF reduction of temporary employees, the German policy of short-time work, as well as a significant reduction in the number of contractor staff.

Meyer Werft Papenburg also negotiated with cruise companies to extend existing ship orders, which deterred order cancellations and prevented layoffs.

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