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Meyer Werft

Coordinates: 53°05′55″N 7°21′59″E / 53.09861°N 7.36639°E / 53.09861; 7.36639
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Meyer Werft GmbH & Co. KG
Company typePrivate
HeadquartersPapenburg, Germany
Key people
Bernard Meyer, CEO

Thomas Weigend Dr. Jan Meyer Tim Meyer[1]

Bernd Eikens[2]
ProductsCruise ships
Livestock carriers
Research vessels
  • Increase51 million (2018)
  • Increase17 million (2019)
  • Decrease70 million (2020)
Number of employees
7,000 (2024),[4] 3100 (2030)[5]
ParentMeyer Neptun S.à.r.l.

Meyer Werft is a German shipyard headquartered in Papenburg at the river Ems, founded in 1795 with small wooden vessels. It has been owned and managed by the Meyer family for seven generations. Since 1997, it has been part of the Meyer Neptun Group, together with Neptun Werft in Rostock. In 2014, the company added the Turku shipyard in Finland to the group. Since then, Yard is a builder of luxury passenger ships. 700 ships of different types had been built at the yard. The Dock 2 Hall is the third largest shipbuilding hall and the fifth-largest usable volume in the world as of 2022. The shipyard is an anchor on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.[6]



The shipyard was founded at the beginning of 1795 by Willm Rolf Meyer as a yard specializing in small wooden vessels. Josef Lambert Meyer began building iron vessels in 1874.[7] During the Second World War, Meyer Werft mainly repaired ships, including ships from the Kriegsmarine. There were once more than 20 shipyards in the Papenburg area, but today Meyer Werft is the only one remaining. For seven generations it has been a privately held and family-owned company.



Meyer Werft gained international recognition through the construction of roll-on/roll-off ferries, passenger ferries, gasoline tankers, container ships, livestock ferries and most recently luxury cruise ships.

Meyer is one of the largest and most modern shipyards in the world with about 3300 employees, and home to the largest roofed dry docks in the world. The first covered dock was inaugurated in 1987 and was 370 meters long, 101,5 meters wide and 60 meters high. In 1990/91 the dock was extended by an additional 100 meters. In 2004, a second covered dock was built, which is announced to be extended to a full length of 504 meters, a width of 125 meters and height of 75 meters in order to compete with Asian shipyards. Meyer Werft will as a result of this be able to build three cruise ships a year.[8] Because the yard at Papenburg is upstream on the river Ems, the giant ships to be delivered have to make a 36 km voyage to the Dollart bay. These voyages attract thousands of spectators. Up until the completion of the Ems river barrier in 2002, the journey was only possible at high tides.

In September 2014 Meyer Werft acquired 70% ownership of STX Finland and the Turku shipyard STX Finland Oy from STX Europe with the state-owned Finnish Industry Investment owning the remaining 30%. The shipyard was renamed Meyer Turku Oy.[9][10][11] Meyer Werft acquired the remaining 30% in 2015.

Ships built at Meyer Werft


A large variety of ships have been built at Meyer Werft, including car carriers, cargo ships, container ships, cruise ships, ferries, fishing vessels, gas carriers, lightvessels, paddlesteamers, passenger ships and Seebäderschiffs. Since 2024, the company is building parts of Converter Platform. The decision was made during the beginning of the corona pandemic.[12][13][14]



Planned Signed Projects decided between shipbuilder and ship Owners.

Delivery Name Weight Owner Dock Hall Notes
2024 Disney Treasure 135.000  United States Disney Cruise Line 2 Cruises, 1250 Cabins, LNG
2024–2027 Dragados Offshore Offshore Steel Platforms DolWin4, BorWin4, BalWin1 & BalWin2
2025 Asuka III 51.950  Japan Nippon Yusen 1 Cruises, 744 Pax, LNG
2025 Disney Destiny 135.000  United States Disney Cruise Line 2 Cruises, 1250 Cabins, LNG
2026 Njord 84.800 Ocean Residences Development Residences, 1000 Pax, Methane
2026 Meteor IV 10.000  Germany German Government 1 Research
2027 N.N. (Excel-Class) 180.000  United States Carnival Cruise Line 2 Cruises
2028 N.N. (Excel-Class) 180.000  United States Carnival Cruise Line 2 Cruises
2029[15] Disney Project 135.000  Japan Oriental Land 2 Cruises, 1250 Cabins, LNG

List of shipyards




Hans Jürgen Witthöft, Meyer Werft- Innovative shipbuilding from Papenburg, Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Hamburg

  1. ^ https://www.meyerwerft.de/en/imprint.jsp
  2. ^ https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/shipbuilding-refurb-equipment/meyer-group-restructures-brings-new-ceo
  3. ^ "Substanz der deutschen Werften "bröckelt"" (in German). 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-16.
  4. ^ "MEYER Group". Archived from the original on 20 March 2024. Retrieved 20 March 2024.
  5. ^ "Meyer Werft Workers Demiss". Retrieved 5 July 2024.
  6. ^ "ERIH Entry: Meyer Shipyard". European Route of Industrial Heritage. 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  7. ^ MEYER WERFT GmbH. "Triton".
  8. ^ "Meyer Werft baut größte Dockhalle der Welt". Spiegel Online. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  9. ^ MEYER WERFT GmbH. "Press Release".
  10. ^ "Valtio ja Meyer Werft ostavat Turun telakan - kauppahinta ei julkinen". ts.fi.
  11. ^ MEYER WERFT GmbH. "Press Release".
  12. ^ https://www.noz.de/lokales/papenburg/artikel/energiewende-historischer-tag-auf-der-meyer-werft-in-papenburg-47364743
  13. ^ https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/regional/bremen/rb-papenburger-meyer-werft-steigt-bei-bau-von-konverter-plattformen-ein-102.html
  14. ^ https://www.meyerwerft.de/en/press/press_detail/start_of_production_for_converter_platform.jsp
  15. ^ https://www.crucero-magazin.de/neuer-auftrag-fuer-die-meyer-werft/103279/

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