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EDITORIAL 2/2018 SHIPYARDS SHOW RANGE Finnish shipyards are currently in fine form. Encouraged by the success of robust and innovative Meyer Turku, also the shipyards in Helsinki and Rauma are solid and versatile performers. It was reported in May 2018 that Meyer Turku made a third profitable year in a row in 2017. With a net profit of EUR 32,2 million, the shipyard symbolises the current rebirth of the Finnish maritime. The revenue of the Meyer Turku Oy was EUR 807,7 million in PUBLISHER PubliCo Oy Pälkäneentie 19 A FI-00510 Helsinki Finland Phone +358 20 162 2200 2017 compared to 2016’s EUR 787,5 million. According to the company, the profit is used to finance the ongoing € 200 million investment programme of Turku shipyard. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Petri Charpentier The investments include, for example, a new 1 200-ton goliath crane, a steel pre-treatment and storage facility and several PROJECT MANAGER large-scale IT system investments. Meyer Turku believes that the Jaakko Lätti investments are “urgently needed” to replace the aging machines, providing also opportunities to realise higher levels of capacity EDITORIAL COORDINATOR and productivity. Vappu Virtanen In addition, the shipyard has been actively recruiting new personnel, head count growing from 1 614 (end of 2016) to 1 854 by the end of the year 2017. Meyer Turku made 296 GRAPHIC DESIGN Riitta Yli-Öyrä recruitments during 2017. Furthermore, Meyer Turku delivered two ships in 2017 – marking the first “double delivery” in decades. First, in January the shipyard delivered the LNG-powered fast ferry Megastar to Tallink, and later, in May, the fourth vessel of a series, CONTRIBUTORS Sami J. Anteroinen Merja Kihl Ari Mononen Mein Schiff 6, for German TUI Cruises. CEO Jan Meyer has commented that the strong performance gives the shipyard a real chance to prepare for the coming years COVER PHOTO TUI Cruises GmbH and face the growing international competition head-on. Profits are used to rebuild the Turku shipyard into a “modern ship assembly factory” and to further train and expand the company’s PRINTED BY PunaMusta Oy team of ship builders in T