Workers, engineers and VIP guests cheered as Mein Schiff 5 was delivered to TUI Cruises from Meyer Turku shipyard in June, ten days ahead of schedule. NIT was one of the turnkey suppliers that collaborated strongly in the building of this great new cruise ship. NIT designed, engineered and installed several bars and restaurants on the ship and completed its areas in time with no remarks from shipyard’s inspectors.
“Mein Schiff 5 was an extremely inspiring project for our team, because the sushi bar was to be in a different location to where it is on the sister ship, Mein Schiff 4, ” says Jari Suominen, CEO of NIT.
“We had to adjust the plans for areas, which were already the toughest part of our work. We succeeded in this and finished the project 100 per cent ready. The good cooperation with the Turku shipyard made it possible.”
NIT has been building the Mein Schiff series since ship number 3. The team experienced some setbacks during the first project but invested time and brainpower to find solutions and earn the trust required for the next projects. In January 2016 NIT announced that it had signed new deals to continue cooperation with Meyer Turku up to the eighth ship in the series.
In Mein Schiff 5, NIT’s delivery included five interior areas, totaling 5500 square metres. They included bars, restaurants, a shore excursion area and crew areas such as stairs, a library and a day room. Behind the handsome surfaces, numerous demanding technical installations were completed, from HVAC and piping to electricals and insulation.
“I am very happy with the drive and commitment shown by our in-house teams and our subcontractors,” says Torsten Viljamaa, Project Manager at NIT.
“Our procurement and design professionals worked smoothly with the production team. There was some pressure during the project but we were able to use it as a source of energy. One of the highlights was the unusually positive feedback we received concerning the quality of the wood grain imitation.”
The construction of Mein Schiff 5 was launched in November 2014. The ship is 295 metres long and it weighs 99,800 GT. It has 13 restaurants and bistros and there are also 13 bars and lounges on the ship. Mein Schiff 5 has approximately 1,000 crew members and it can carry up to 2,794 passengers. It is one of the most energy-efficient ships in its class.
CEO Jari Suominen says that the spirit of shipbuilders is currently very positive at Meyer Turku. New processes and investments by the owner have strengthened future prospects and the supply chain works very well.
“We are looking forward to new challenges positively with the shipyard. Our productivity is increasing and we do all that can be humanly done to keep to our schedules. We will continue working with Mein Schiff and TUI Cruises until at least 2018, and I believe that there will be many more great projects to come. We have prepared for the future growth of Meyer Turku and we will continue to do so – by recruiting new talent and investing in research and development and the sustainability of our operations.”