Meyer expands to assemble ship blocks on 'conveyor belts'

The new conveyor-belt like structure will be installed in Papenburg's expanded Building Hall IV The new conveyor-belt like structure will be installed in Papenburg's expanded Building Hall IV (Photo: Meyer Werft)

In another advance that makes Meyer Werft a model of shipbuilding efficiency, the huge blocks that comprise newbuilds are going to be put together on a conveyor-belt-like assembly line.

This will be comprised of a series of steel platforms supplied by EMS Schiffbau of Emden in a deal valued at about €4m.

EMS Schiffbau will provide 10 platforms, each measuring 25 meters by 34 meters, with a height of 2.8 meters and weighing 210 tons. These platforms serve as the basic surface for putting the blocks together on the assembly line.

The Papenburg shipyard's Building Hall IV will be lengthened by approximately 100 meters to accommodate the process.

Up to now, only sections—the decks of a ship with corresponding reinforcements, walls, supports and the outfitting items such as pipes, air conditioning ducts and cable trays—are produced on a big conveyor belt.

In future, two blocks will leave the conveyor belt each week in five production cycles, helping to optimize assembly at the yard.

Meyer Werft ordered the structural components from EMS Schiffbau in February and they're scheduled to be supplied and installed during May and June.

Posted 20 March 2017

© Copyright 2018 Seatrade UBM (UK) Ltd. Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Seatrade UBM (UK) Ltd.

Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

4 Days of Endless Innovation 
Seatrade Cruise Global Conference Program is Teeming with Riches

  • A special bonus keynote panel with top execs: Innovation, Disruption and Setting the Course for the Future
  • The new Shore Excursion Presentation Challenge— five finalists pitch their “next generation” excursions to a panel of esteemed industry judges
  • A relaxed chat on the evolution and growth of the industry with 50-year cruise vet Rick Sasso
  • Several targeted, regional sessions spotlighting Asia/Australasia, Caribbean, and European cruising

In all, we’ll have 30+ immersive sessions to show you the trends shaping the future of cruising.