According to a July 14, 2023 report from NDR.de the work on the ‘GLOBAL DREAM’ cruise ship Disney Cruise Line purchased late last year for deployment in Singapore will be ramping up at the MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, under the management of Meyer Werft.
Before we get into the story, let’s take a minute to talk about the name of the ship or at least what it is being called now. Originally, the ship was named GLOBAL DREAM. However, mentions of the name ‘Global Dream’ have changed to ‘Global One’ in media reporting. During a summer 2023 Castaway Club reception onboard the Disney Dream, the vessel was simply referred to as ‘The Big One’. Until Disney Cruise Line officially renames the vessel, there will be some level of confusion. For simplicity, I will try to stick with the latest terminology ‘Global One‘.
The original article mentions that construction of the cruise ship known as “Global One” will resume soon at the shipyard in Wismar. It is to be resumed on behalf of the owner, the Disney Cruise Line, under the leadership of the Meyer Werft according to the insolvency administrator Christoph Morgen in a Friday July14th announcement. The “Global One” was designed as one of the largest cruise liners in the world.
According to the information, preparatory work has already been carried out on the ship since the sale of the shipyard to the shipbuilder Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and the re-letting to the insolvency administrator. For this purpose, in addition to 100 employees who were still employed by him, Morgen also used 280 employees who are already employed by the subsidiary Meyer-Werft Wismar. All 380 should continue to work on the ship. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Minister of Economic Affairs Reinhard Meyer (SPD) was pleased with the progress: “The signing of the contract is a good signal for the maritime industry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Important, highly qualified jobs will be maintained at the location.”
Heiko Messerschmidt from the trade union IG Metall Küste welcomes the progress: “We are very happy that it is now apparently starting for the colleagues on the ship to start working again.” The employees who are with the insolvency administrator have also been informed that they are moving to Meyer-Werft Wismar. Messerschmidt was relieved that it can then “go to the start with the ship, with the ‘Global One’, which is then to be built to the end for Disney.”
IG Metall had recently made demands to the federal government out of concern about the shipyard location: For the new owner TKMS, security is needed for future orders. However, due to the complicated contract design between the shipyard owner TKMS, the American shipowner Disney, the insolvency administrator and the shipbuilder Meyer, the prefabricated construction will probably be delayed until 2025. Under certain circumstances, the completion of the work could also take time outside the shipyard hall at the equipment canoe until 2026. At the end of March, Disney announced that the finished ship would set sail from Singapore’s home port from 2025. In addition to a crew of 2,300 people, there is room for around 6,000 guests.
This story was translated to English from the original report by NDR.de on July 14, 2023.
Below is another mediocre AI German to English transcription of the video which is included in the original story which is not available to embed, but can be viewed here.
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The 208,000-gross-ton ship is expected to be among the first in the cruise industry to be fueled by green methanol, one of the lowest emission fuels available. Disney Cruise Line expects the passenger capacity to be approximately 6,000 with around 2,300 crew members.