Germany’s Meyer Werft is set to invest in a new technology and development centre at the Papenburg shipyard due to strong orders, in order to accomodate an increasing number of employees.
With an estimated investment of €10m, the new building will provide a surface area of 5,500m² on four floors.
Meyer Werft CEO Bernard Meyer said: "We are convinced that we can only remain successful in the future if our employees can pursue their exacting work under good working conditions.
"This is a great wish of our committed and highly motivated employees."
The construction is expected to be concluded by the beginning of 2016. The new infrastructure will feature building control techniques and energy saving measures.
It will have a capacity to serve 400 designers and engineers working on variety of subject areas involved in cruise ships. A major part of the design and development work is allotted for new, complex ships under construction.
As part of this development, the shipyard will alter areas for the recreation rooms and canteen to support the increased requirements.
Over the last twelve years, Meyer Werft has invested in the shipyard in infrastructure and technologies, including laser welding, robot technology, assembly lines and flow lines, as well as CAD software.
In addition, it extended the second dry dock in 2008, while the laser centre was expanded and modernised in 2008 and 2011. It is estimated that more than €550m was invested in the past, the company stated.