Did you know that some of the biggest cruise ships in the world are built just a few kilometers from Turku? In fact, the third biggest cruise ship ever built, Allure of the Seas, was constructed in the Meyer shipyard, in Turku.
One of the most prominent businesses in South-West Finland, Meyer Turku is the company behind these achievements. With more than 1,700 employees, Meyer Turku is a the center of the ship building industry in Finland, and arguably, worldwide. Very few shipyards can boast of assembling ships of this size. It is not a coincidence, however, that Turku has such a dynamic shipbuilding industry.
Shipbuilding in Turku has a long history. With its proximity to the Baltic and active maritime traffic, that’s not very surprising. The first official shipyard opened in 1737, the start of a long (and very complicated history), which leads us to the current Meyer shipyard in Turku.
Turku’s shipbuilding history is also intertwined with that of neighboring cities. If one thing is certain, however, it is that this rich history has a suitable heir in Meyer Turku.
Birthplace of giants
As mentioned above, Turku has witnessed the construction of numerous huge ships. You can actually find a list of the ships built here, starting from the 1960s. Just have a look here.
The future also looks bright for Turku’s shipbuilding industry, with orders in the books for the next decade. A focus on clean and efficient ships has helped Meyer Turku keep an edge on competitors. For instance, one of the shipyard’s latest ships, Tallink Shuttle’s Megastar was the world’s fastest Liquid Natural Gas (LNG)-propelled ferry.