Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering wins large contract from Meyer Werft
Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering has won an order from Meyer Werft in Germany to finalise the cruise ship AIDAblu and two new cruise vessels, NB689 (unnamed) and NB690 (unnamed) being built for the German cruise operator, AIDA Cruises.
Under the terms of the deal, Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering’s subsidiary, Wilhelmsen Callenberg Fläkt will deliver heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and related engineering services. The order has an estimated value of EURO 10.4 million.
The company has been involved in AIDA’s new building program since 2004 and has delivered HVAC system design and advanced equipment to AIDAdiva, AIDAluna, AIDAbella and AIDAblu.
The latest contract with Meyer Werft is very significant, says Mikael Ströby, Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering’s director for the new building and cruise segments: “It confirms that we are also competitive in today’s tighter market and can meet the exacting demands of leading shipbuilders and operators alike.” Prior to the AIDA projects at Meyer Werft, Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering successfully delivered a similar project to the Queen Mary 2, a Cunard vessel and, like AIDA Cruises, a member of the Carnival group.
Located in Papenburg, Germany, Meyer Werft is a family owned, sixth generation builder of cruise liners for customers all over the world. Thanks to its high degree of flexibility, Meyer Werft can stand up against international competitors in the cruise market.
AIDA Cruises, headquartered in Rostock, is a member of the Carnival Corporation & plc Group, the world’s cruise industry leader. With a turnover of 566.1 million euros and a total of 336,000 guests in 2008, AIDA Cruises is the German market’s leading cruise company. A total of six AIDA ships are presently in service: AIDAcara, AIDAvita, AIDAaura, AIDAdiva, AIDAbella and AIDAluna, with a total capacity of 9,862 guests (cabins with double occupancy). They currently operate in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, Dubai, around the Canary Islands, North America and Asia. The Meyer shipyard in Germany has been commissioned to build three further ships for delivery in spring 2010, 2011 and 2012.
AIDA ships are dedicated to the German-speaking market and are renowned for their young style and casual service.
Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering
The Callenberg Group, acquired by Wilhelmsen Maritime Services in February 2008, forms the basis of Wilhelmsen Maritime Service’s new business area, Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering (WME). WME is a leading supplier of HVAC and electrical and automation systems to the marine and offshore markets. It offers solutions covering the entire value chain, from design and installation to commissioning. Key competitive advantages include financial strength and stability, a reference list going back to 1937, status as preferred maker to all major cruise operators, a worldwide sales and service network spanning Europe, Asia and the Americas and being part of the Wilh. Wilhelmsen maritime group.
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