Meyer Werft gets involved in converter construction

New order for Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The long-established company from Emsland will manufacture steel components for the offshore industry in future.

According to the company, parts for a total of four converter platforms will be built for the DolWin4, BorWin4, BalWin1 and BalWin2 offshore wind farms in the North Sea. Delivery is scheduled to take place between fall 2024 and spring 2027. Meyer Werft will act as a subcontractor for the Spanish shipyard Dragados. [ds_preview]

The order will provide employment both in production and in the technical offices, thus partially closing an impending labor gap. Until now, the Papenburg-based company was only working to capacity with the construction of cruise ships until 2025. Meyer is supplying steel block sections with a volume of 43,000 tons – roughly equivalent to that of a large cruise ship, according to the shipyard.

Dragados received the order for the four converter platforms from the German grid operator Amprion. According to the company, the 11,000 km long extra-high voltage grid of the group transports electricity in an area from Lower Saxony to the Alps.

Meyer Werft speaks of milestone

Shipyard boss Jan Meyer described the order as a “milestone in the entry into the construction of converter platforms”, which will also be built at the Neptun shipyard in future. Just last week, the group of companies, together with the Belgian company Smulders, announced its intention to create up to 100 new jobs in Rostock-Warnemünde. “This successful expansion of our product portfolio secures knowledge and employment at our German shipyards and at the same time makes a decisive contribution to the energy transition.”

Neptun, Meyer, Werft, Rostock
View of the Neptun shipyard in Rostock-Warnemünde

As Chief Business Innovation Officer, Jan Meyer will be responsible for the development of new business areas, including the new offshore wind business area, according to the company.

The order now awarded to Meyer Werft comes shortly before the delivery of its latest cruise ship “Carnival Jubilee”, which is to be handed over to the US shipping company Carnival Cruise Line in Bremerhaven on December 4. Senior shipyard manager Bernard Meyer recently emphasized the importance of a punctual handover of the ship in an employee magazine. The “Carnival Jubilee” is the key to obtaining follow-up orders and to the company’s financial situation. The sea trials were successfully completed at the beginning of last week. (CA)

Carnival Jubilee, Meyer Werft

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