Mein Schiff 5 is the third Mein Schiff class cruise ship being built at Turku Shipyard. For the customer, TUI Cruises, this ship will be the fifth member of their well-being fleet. Mein Schiff 3 was delivered from Turku in May 2014 and Mein Schiff 4 - which was floated out approximately 5 weeks ago - will be delivered to TUI Cruises in spring 2015. The start of production of Mein Schiff 6 will take place about a year from now.
“The team at Meyer Turku is very pleased and excited to start the production of Mein Schiff 5. Together with our workers, Finnish maritime network and our client TUI Cruises we are looking positively into the future,” says Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku Oy.
“We have set ourselves ambitious goals for the next few years, with plans to expand our cruise fleet between now and 2017 from three ships today to six, with 14,000 beds in total,” says Wybcke Meyer, CEO of TUI Cruises.
The technically highly advanced, innovative and environmentally friendly 99,500-GT cruise ships are approximately 294 metres long and some 36 metres wide. They have approximately 1,250 cabins (2,500 lower beds) and a crew of 1,000. Special attention has been paid to environmental friendliness and energy efficiency of the ships. Each vessel in the series of ships brings approximately 5,000 person-years of labour to Meyer Turku shipyard and a significant amount of labour for the Finnish maritime industry network as well. The domestic content of these ships is approximately 80%.