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duo” that can handle just about any cruise ship order – or an entire series. Case in point: Meyer Turku handed over Mein Schiff 4 to TUI Cruises on May 8 (actually making it the first delivery with Meyer Werft as the sole owner) and the keel laying ceremony for Mein Schiff 5 will take place in June – as the production of Mein Schiff 6 will start. From the looks of it, Turku and Papenburg are putting out ships like hamburgers and order books are getting fat. The effectiveness and quality-orientation of Turku shipyard is what attracted the Germans in the first place. “While the shipyard’s technical assets and facilities are ageing, the crew working at the yard is worldclass,” Jan Meyer believes. “We saw people that were passionate and professional about shipbuilding. Put together with our Papenburg shipyard, we felt that this was a great combination for future success.” Arriving in Turku, the Germans found that Turku shipyard shared the same emphasis on making the best possible product. There were differences in the processes, sure, but this was perceived as an opportunity to learn: “We felt – and still do – that we can have the best of both worlds.” COMMON GROUND Also, there has been no real culture clash to speak of. Germans and Finns seem quite similar in the sense that they focus on the business at hand and work hard to overcome problems and get results. “I keep hearing that Finns are very quiet, but people don’t talk very much where I come from in Germany, either,” Meyer laughs. As Meyer Werft had previously used Finnish subcontractors for a long, long time, there was already some familiarity with the Finnish mentality – so this acquisition was no leap into total unknown. But what about the reputation of both Germany and Finland as technologyoriented and engineer-driven? - Jan Meyer admits that Germany’s industrial roots run deep, but he still feels that the engineering mindset is stronger in Finl