Meyer Turku Shipyard laid the first blocks for the Mein Schiff 6 earlier this week. When she is delivered in 2017, she will be fourth cruise ship built for the German TUI brand at the Turku yard.

Following old traditions of the shipyard coins were placed under the keel block to bring luck for the ship. Representatives of TUI Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Meyer Turku, the classification society and invited guests joined the event.

Mein Schiff 6 will be approximately 294 meters long, have 15 decks with some 1,267 staterooms and the capacity to carry approximately 2,534 passengers. Ninety percent of the cabins will be outside staterooms and 82 percent will have a balcony.

According to the yard, Mein Schiff ships have all been constructed to the latest standards using innovative and environmentally-friendly technologies. Mein Schiff 6, will feature a number of improvements in terms of energy efficiency and passenger amenities – even over her sister ships Mein Schiff 3, 4 and 5. Thanks to the advanced exhaust cleaning system that uses a scrubber and catalytic converter, sulfur emissions can be reduced by approximately 99 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by around 75 percent.

Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer commented that it will only take 7 months for the blocks to be fully assembled. After that follows the outfitting, commissioning and testing.

TUI Cruises CEO Wybke Meier said that while the keel was laid for Mein Schiff 6, Mein Schiff 5 is being completed with delivery only a couple of weeks away.