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MV WERFTEN secures EUR 193 million to Complete Crystal Endeavor and fund Shipyard Operations till March 2021

MV WERFTEN secures EUR 193 million to Complete Crystal Endeavor and fund Shipyard Operations till March 2021

MV WERFTEN announced this week that the yard has received an EUR 193
million loan to complete the Crystal Endeavor for delivery and keep the shipyard operations till March
2021. MV WERFTEN and all its employees are very appreciative of the support of the State of
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Federal authorities in receiving this support. All the funds from the
loans will be used in Germany for MV WERFTEN´s shipyards.

Wismar, 09. October 2020 | MV WERFTEN announced this week that the yard has received an EUR 193
million loan to complete the Crystal Endeavor for delivery and keep the shipyard operations till March
2021. MV WERFTEN and all its employees are very appreciative of the support of the State of
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Federal authorities in receiving this support. All the funds from the
loans will be used in Germany for MV WERFTEN´s shipyards.
Genting Hong Kong (GHK), the parent company of MV WERFTEN has invested about 2 billion euros in
the shipyards and the construction in progress of the Global Dream and Crystal Endeavor and had
created about 3,000 direct jobs in the State plus thousands of indirect jobs in the cruise shipbuilding
supply chain and the local economies of Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund.
GHK had been a very good client of Germany, ordering and taking delivery of 22 cruise ships built in
Germany, almost half of Germany’s output from 1996 for the cruise brands which were under its control.
In 2016 GHK bought the yard group - and named it as a homage to the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
“MV WERFTEN” - in order to build ships for its three cruise brands as the orderbook from existing
shipyards were full and the earliest delivery was 7 years into the future.
GHK invested in MV WERFTEN, previously Nordic Yards, to build cruise ships because they have built
the first two AIDA cruise ships and cruise ferries. All the 3,000 employees of MV WERFTEN are
nationals of the European Union, with the majority German nationals with the rest from the European
Union.
“GHK is an exemplary investor and fully relies on German management in the operations of MV
WERFTEN. We are very appreciative of the very significant investment, probably one of the largest made
in Germany, and the creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs for Germany and the EU ,” says
Peter Fetten, the Chief Executive Officer. “MV WERFTEN built four luxurious river ships for Crystal
Cruises and they have been rated the best river ships in Europe. We are now completing the Crystal
Endeavor, which will be again be the most luxurious polar class expedition yacht in the world for Crystal
Cruises”, he added.
“It is the impact of the COVID-19 that stopped the world’s cruise fleet, including GHK, that MV WERFTEN
has to turn to the State and Federal Government for support under the WSF, which had been established
by the German Government to assist industries impacted by COVID-19,” added Carsten Haake, the Chief
Financial Officer of MV WERFTEN. “Since 2016, GHK had fully supported the shipyard and had not
withdrawn any of the invested funds from Germany.”
GHK cruise ships are mainly deployed in Asia and Dream Cruises, one of its brands, is the world’s first
cruise ship to start ocean destination cruises in Taiwan since July 26.

Yesterday Genting announced that the World Dream, built in Germany and the 9th best largest resort
ship as rated by the Berlitz Guide to cruising, will restart domestic cruising on 6th November. This will be
followed by Genting Dream starting cruises in Hainan and China in mid-November. GHK had two Star
Cruises ships chartered to the Singapore Government to accommodate post-COVID patients without any
incidents. GHK’s is one of few companies which did not have any COVID-19 cases on any of its cruise
ships due to the high standards of health and safety developed with over 30 years of cruise experience
and is the first cruise line to receive the CIP-M certification by DNV GL for infection prevention , including
COVID-19, for the marine industry.