seatec - Finnish marine technology review 2/2014 - Page 36

Photos: Meyer Werft Despite troubled economy, Meyer Werft has enjoyed a good stretch of smooth sailing in recent years. Now, however, there is an interesting proposal on the table that could help the German shipyard get to the next level. The Turku shipyard – the maker of the world’s greatest cruise ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas – is for sale, if the conditions are right. Turku could finally give Meyer Werft what it has been missing all these centuries: easy access to the sea. T he Finnish Government is serving as a similar way that the Oasis class ships did. kind of matchmaker in this situation, Known as Quantum class, these two ves- facilitating talks between the Turku ship- sels promise to bring something extra to yard owner, South Korean STX and Meyer the table. Werft. Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori talked with the Germans GET THE QUANTUM about the purchase of the Turku shipyard Presently, the construction of the first ship, already in November 2013. During the Quantum of the Seas, is in full swing at spring, Vapaavuori has been logging in the dry dock in Hall 6 of the Papenburg frequent flyer miles trying to get the deal shipyard, with completion scheduled for off the ground, talking with the Koreans autumn 2014. This ship will feature the lat- in May. est environmental technologies along with Meyer Werft has the means to buy enhanced energy efficiency – but that, of its Finnish rival, since the German shipyard course, may not be exactly why cruise-lov- is in excellent form financially. Serving as ers buy the tickets. It’s the entertainment an anchor of sorts, the German shipyard that the patrons want – and German ship- has Project Sunshine – namely, two ships builders do know how to deliver. for Royal Caribbean International which Case in point: ‘The North Star,’ an are expected to “change the game” in a observation capsule modelled on