Genting Hong Kong’s Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay personally initiated the start of steel cutting for the 342 m long, 208,000 gross ton Global 2, which will be one of the largest and technologically most advanced cruise ships in the world.
Wismar, 10. September 2019 | Rostock, 10 September 2019 | Production of the second Global Class ship commenced at MV WERFTEN in Rostock-Warnemünde today, almost exactly a year after the keel laying of the flagship of the series. Genting Hong Kong’s Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay initiated at the press of a button the first steel cutting for the 342 m long, 46 m wide, 208,000 gross ton cruise vessel.
“We are delighted that our comprehensive investments at the three shipyard locations are bearing fruit and we can already celebrate today the first steel cutting for another technologically advanced vessel for Dream Cruises,” Tan Sri Lim stated. “Also thanks to the use of artificial intelligence, Global 2 will offer our passengers a very interesting, modern and highly comfortable travel experience.”
Global 2 is identical in construction to her sister ship Global 1, which is due to enter operation under the name “Global Dream” in 2021. Production work on the new vessel with the yard number 126 is also being divided up among all three locations of MV WERFTEN. For example, up to 30 large sections are being built in Stralsund for subsequent final assembly in Wismar, where a 125 m high crane, purchased specially for the Global project, is currently being installed at the outfitting quay. The keel laying of the ship is planned for 9 December 2019, with delivery scheduled for 2022.
MV WERFTEN’s CEO Peter Fetten said: “Building these sophisticated high-tech ships is a challenge, but above all an enormous opportunity for us. We would like to thank all colleagues and partners for their great work during the planning and design phase, and we are glad to start now with production.”
Like her sister ship, Global 2 is also intended for the fast-growing Asian market. With 2,500 passenger cabins accommodating up to 9,500 persons and a crew of 2,200, the “Global Dream” and Global 2 are the first vessels worldwide capable of carrying more than 10,000 persons. In terms of size and passenger capacity, they are the largest ships ever built in Germany. They are well equipped with state-of-the-art digital technologies, such as face and speech recognition, climate control, mood lighting, etc via app or voice, and are thus optimally designed to meet the advanced digital requirements of the Asian cruise market. The standard cabins are the most spacious in the sector – at 20 m² about 15% larger than those offered on other cruise ships.
The 2,503 passenger cabins and 836 crew cabins for the new ship are being produced as completely prefabricated modules at MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule in Wismar. A total of over 600 firms are involved in the construction of the Global 2. Over half of the partner companies come from Germany, a fifth from the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
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MVW_ Global2_BB_1 (f. l. t. r.): Pressing the button: Harry Glawe (Economics Minister Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania), Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay (Chairman and CEO Genting Hong Kong), Peter Fetten (CEO MV WERFTEN), Colin Au (Group President Genting Hong Kong). Project Manager Rainer Schott (MVW) stands in the background.
MVW_ Global2_BB_2: Small souvenirs were handed out to the invited guests – representatives of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the classification society and Genting.
MVW_ Global2_BB_3: Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay hands over a steel silhouette of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to Minister Glawe.