Conversion of Aida vessels: Meyer Re is in for orders

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Will “Meyer Re” be awarded the contract? The Rostock-based cruise line wants to have three ships extensively modernized. The “where” has not yet been decided. HANSA has asked the shipyard.

The cruise ships in question were built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, which has had a division for modernizing cruise ships on the market since 2022: Meyer Re[ds_preview].

The ships in question are the “Aidadiva”, “Aidabella” and “Aidaluna”. Various conversion measures are planned as part of the “largest modernization programme in the history of the shipping company”. The contract for this has apparently not yet been awarded.

The three ships, which were delivered between 2007 and 2009, will each gradually be given a new interior design. In addition, all guest cabins will be given a new look, and there will also be more suites on board and exclusive areas just for suite guests as well as new restaurants and bars.

Aida also wants to invest in technology. Measures to reduce fuel consumption are planned, the shipping company said in its announcement.

Profile of Meyer Re would fit

The new division of the former construction shipyard, Meyer Re, took on the services now in demand when it was presented in Miami in 2022.

When asked, shipyard spokesman Florian Feimann told HANSA that the work to redesign and modernize the Sphinx-class ships was “a potentially interesting project for Meyer Re”. The shipyard spokesman also emphasized: “We have a close and long-standing partnership with Aida Cruises and are, of course, also in talks. Of course, we cannot give any details at the moment.”

Under the name Meyer Re, the long-established Papenburg-based company intends to enter the business of converting, renovating and technically optimizing cruise ships, thereby expanding and supplementing its core business of building new cruise ships – worldwide. “Re” stands for “rethink” and “revalue”.

Thanks to a cooperation agreement concluded last March with Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) in Rotterdam, Meyer also has suitable dock facilities for Meyer Re, as the work at its headquarters in Papenburg is not possible due to the Emspassage. (CA)

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