'Lean Shipbuilding' Increases Productivity in Lean Times

By George Backwell at May 08, 2011 04:26
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‘Lean Shipbuilding’ has become a buzz-word in post-recession shipbuilding, not least in Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard where this productivity-raising management tool was put to good effect in the delivery from their Papenberg facility of cruise ships AIDAblu, Celebrity Eclipse this year, and Disney Dream (the largest passenger ship ever built in Germany) late last year. Vital new orders from AIDA Cruises and NCL have guaranteed the shipbuilder at least a partial workload until 2014. New orders were won against fierce competition with price levels at the same level, according to Meyer Werft, as they were seven or eight years ago, even though the costs of raw materials like steel, copper and oil have risen sharply, leaving this shipyard to square up to the challenge of building quality cruise ships in the most cost-effective way: they claim the application of Lean Shipbuilding has helped them increase productivity by 50% in less than three years. Fitting out Cruise ... [More]

Disney Cruises Disney Dream – 'Lego' Built, Diesel-electric Propulsion

By George Backwell at December 20, 2010 02:55
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Disney Dream, Disney Cruises latest Caribbean cruise ship of 128,000 GT and 4,000 passenger capacity was delivered by German builders Meyer Werft on 15, December 2010 and is scheduled to make the transatlantic crossing for a maiden cruise departure on 26, January 2011 from home base Port Canaveral, Florida.  A Disney publicity department staffer described the cruise liner as offering guests, "A perfect blend of elegant Art Deco style and fun-filled Disney whimsy to create one of the most spectacular ships afloat." Yet apart from the hype, which is forgivable considering competition in the growing cruise marketplace, there has been little mention of the state-of-the-art construction of this huge liner, the biggest ever built in Germany, and of its hi-tech propulsion.Laser and 'Lego' Shipbuilding Disney Dream first began taking shape early 2009 using 'Lego' building principles in a totally enclosed weather-proof building hall enclosing the dry dock at Meyer Werft's shipyard at Pap... [More]

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