MEYER WERFT builds cruise ship for NYK Cruises

MEYER WERFT builds cruise ship for NYK Cruises

September 25, 2023 - The MEYER WERFT in Papenburg began construction of a cruise ship for the Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) with the start of firing on Thursday of last week. The ship, measured at 52.200 GT, will be handed over to the shipping company in 2025.

In 2021, in the middle of the corona pandemic, NYK Cruises awarded the Papenburg shipbuilders the order to build a cruise ship. NYK Cruises is a company of the major Japanese shipping company NYK.

Representatives of the Japanese company were guests at the shipyard for the traditional start of the firing and, according to Japanese tradition, wished the project good luck in painting the so-called Daruma. The shipping company currently only operates one ship of comparable size. The new building is called ASUKA III.

NYK Cruises - Burning start of the ASUKA lll

NYK Cruises - Burning start of the ASUKA lll Photo © MEYER WERFT

MEYER WERFT developed numerous tailor-made solutions on behalf of NYK Cruises. These include hydrodynamics optimized according to the planned routes, contactless controls and on-board facilities adapted to the needs of Japanese passengers. The ship is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), one of the cleanest shipping fuels currently available. In addition to reducing CO2-Emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter are almost completely avoided. Sulfur oxides are completely excluded.

Ship data:

Surveying 52.200 GT
Length 230 meters
Width 29,80 meters
Passengers 744