Meyer Group presents ship concepts at Seatrade Cruise Global

The shipbuilder’s forward-looking cruise ship designs included both climate-neutral and future concepts

Meyer Group presents ship concepts at Seatrade Cruise Global

Meyer Group

Meyer’s new ship concepts included Origin (above) and Avatar

By Alex Smith |

The Meyer Group has presented new cruise ship concepts at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami, demonstrating its latest research efforts.

The Avatar cruise ship concept includes new galley concepts with automated logistics, the use of alternative materials, updated stateroom design and energy efficiency optimisations. The construction of the ship is intended to emphasise sustainable material selections and recycling, influenced by the principals of a circular economy.

The concept represents the research being carried out in Meyer Werft’s NEcOLEAP research project, which aims to develop a climate-neutral cruise ship until the end of 2025 and then build it from 2030.

Rendering of Avatar ship concept

Meyer Group

The Avatar concept represents the latest research in Meyer’s efforts to develop a climate-neutral ship

Meyer also presented the Origin concept, which is intended to demonstrate how a ship might meet predicted future living needs and global trends using weather-independent features that operate year-round. The model also features redesigned accommodation areas that are intended to make passenger flow more efficient, as well as an asymmetric superstructure with decentralised public areas accessed using a new transportation system.

Origin concept rendering

Meyer Group

Origin would feature decentralised public areas and an asymmetric superstructure

Aside from its ship concepts, Meyer also showcased new additions to its product portfolio. Alfred Maritime, the group’s digital venture, introduced the AI-based Meyer Energy Management System, which supports ship operators and crews to understand and analyse the ship’s performance. The platform provides actionable insights to crew to allow them to optimise energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption, therefore helping to reduce the ship’s emissions. Meyer Floating Solutions’ floating piers and cruise terminal portfolio was also displayed at the event.

“Meyer is the only shipyard that is able to offer the complete range from river cruise ships to large ocean-going ships like Icon of the Seas,” said Thomas Weigend, executive vice president sales for Meyer Group. “With our tradition of innovation and new products like floating piers and terminals by Meyer Floating Solutions, we can create additional value for ship owners and port operators.”

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