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Germany’s TUI Cruises Commissions New Ship


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TUI Cruises, a joint venture between TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, has announced a commission to build a second cruise ship with STX Finland. The Mein Schiff 3 is scheduled for delivery in spring 2014 with production on the new sister ship commencing in summer 2013, with a scheduled delivery in spring 2015.

Both Mein Schiff 3 and the newly announced sister ship will accommodate several thousand passengers. Each vessel will be 99,300 grt, about 294 m long and 36 m wide. They will also each have 1,250 staterooms, accommodate 2,500 passengers and will have a crew of 1,000 persons. As part of a trend to move toward more environmentally friendly features, both vessels will emphasize energy efficiency, as well as will feature several more “green” options.

“We are extremely pleased that TUI Cruises confirmed the order of the sister ship for magnificent Mein Schiff 3 cruise ship. We have today reached this milestone of production start of the first ship after a well performed and intensive basic design phase. After this production start, manning on this project will increase significantly during the coming months to reach the maximum level before summer next year,” said Jari Anttila, EVP and COO of STX Finland.

“After being just four years in the business and after successfully putting two ships on the market – Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 – we are proud to proceed with building our first new ship and that way continue the growth of our fleet,” added Richard J. Vogel, CEO of TUI Cruises. “We have been extremely busy with the planning over the past two years, but now things are really starting to move.”

Not only is the announcement exciting for cruise goers, but the new ship will also have a positive impact on employment, with an estimated impact of 5,500 person-years of employment. However, with a growing number of crew members comes a potential for accidents to take place. Crew members who are hurt or become ill while under the employment of a cruise vessel may qualify for compensation if the ship’s operators are in some way responsible for the incident. And crewmembers who become ill or injured while in the service of the ship are entitled to have their medical care provided and paid for by the shipping company, under the centuries old ‘maintenance and cure’ obligation.

Whenever an accident onboard a vessel or at port takes place, crew members are advised to seek legal help to protect their rights at all times. Crew members who spend most of their time (generally 35% or more) working on a vessel may qualify to file seaman’s claim. To determine if you are eligible to be considered a seaman, contact our attorneys right away.

Our seafarer claims attorneys help those who have been wounded, denied wages or benefits or who have been involved in any type of maritime incident seek justice for what has transpired. If you believe you have been wronged by a cruise ship or cargo company, contact us today to schedule a consultation and review your options and benefits.

PHOTO SOURCE: Travel Weekly

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