MV WERFTEN starts construction of second Global Class cruise ship
Production of the second Global Class ship commenced at MV WERFTEN in Rostock-Warnemünde, 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, the company said in its release.
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.
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.