MEYER WERFT based in Papenburg was founded in 1795 and is in its seventh generation of family ownership. Bernard Meyer is the managing partner of the company.

MEYER WERFT has achieved an excellent worldwide reputation in recent decades for constructing and building special-purpose ships. The company is especially well-known due to the construction of large, modern and sophisticated cruise ships. Over the years the shipyard has built 38 luxury liners for discerning customers from all over the world.

But MEYER WERFT offers its customers even more: car and passenger ferries, RoRo ships as well as LPG tankers have been successfully built in Papenburg for decades. MEYER WERFT’s affiliated company, NEPTUN WERFT GmbH & Co. KG in Rostock, builds river cruise liners and supplements the range of ships. The construction of gas tankers rounds off the portfolio.

Today MEYER WERFT has more than 3,000 employees and is one of the most important employers in the region. The family-owned company also provides professional training for about 300 apprentices in twelve different professions. The workload will keep the company busy well into the year 2019.


„A level of subcontracting of more than 75 % – referring to the costs of our highly complex cruise vessels- asks for a healthy, powerful and financially strong supply structure. 80 % of our purchase volumes are contracted with German suppliers.

To continue in being successful we need a strong maritime industry in Germany. To ensure that this industry is sustainable for the long-term we promote GeMaX by supporting actively.“

Mr. Ralf Sempf
Member of the Management,

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