Gallery: Mein Schiff 5 Floated Out, Ready for Final Touches

first_imgzoom Finland-based Meyer Turku Shipyard floated out on Friday 15 January, the first ship being contracted and built totally under the ownership of the Meyer family, the Mein Schiff 5.Mein Schiff 5 is a sister ship of Mein Schiff 4, which was handed over to its owner TUI Cruises last spring.Acording to Meyer Turku, building of Mein Schiff 5 has advanced as planned and on schedule. The float-out and transfer of the vessel from the dry dock to the outfitting pier marks a shift from the construction phase of the ship hull to the outfitting phase.Ferdinand Strohmeyer, Vice President Operations of TUI Cruises and Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku, were among the people participating in the opening of the dry dock valves.“Step by step the good work of our team is coming together and the ship starts to look like a ship. Mein Schiff 4, the sister ship is well received by its guest – yet we cannot stand still and are implementing multiple improvements, big and small, on Mein Schiff 5 to further improve the guest experience. I’m confident that, once again, we will be able to deliver TUI Cruises a wonderful new cruise ship on time,” said Jan Meyer.When completed, the technically highly advanced Mein Schiff 5 will be 295 metres long and 36 metres wide.Special attention in its design and construction was paid to energy efficiency. The cruise ship will have 1,267 cabins, of which approximately 90 per cent will be outer cabins and 82 per cent will have their own balcony. The ship will accommodate about 1,000 crew members.Mein Schiff 5 is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016.last_img read more

10% of Israel’s Population Is of Moroccan Descent

Rabat – The number of Moroccans living in Israel constitutes the second largest Moroccan diaspora after that of France.  The number of Moroccan immigrants living in Israel is around 800,000 according to a guide elaborated by the Ministry of Moroccans Residing Abroad. This number makes up a tenth of the entire population of the Jewish state, as well as beingthe second largest diaspora in the world according to the guide.The study incudes those individuals who “have kept a direct or indirect link with Morocco, whether or not they participate in the Moroccan life outside its borders.” France is home to the largest Moroccan diaspora with 1.3 million Moroccans. It is followed by Israel with 800,000, Spain with 758,000, Italy (506,000), Holland (460,000), Belgium (407,647), the United States (150,000), Germany (140,000), and Canada (120,000).In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates is home to largest Moroccan diaspora with 85,000 people. It is followed by Qatar with 75,000, Saudi Arabia with 43,216 and Kuwait with 21,843.Moroccans residing abroad transferred MAD 59.2 billion back to Morocco in 2014. The majority of these transfers came from France, Spain, Italy, the US and Arab Countries while Israel is at the bottom of the list.Moroccan Jews lived in Morocco since for over 2,000 years. Between 1961 and 1964, however, around 97,000 Moroccan Jews emigrated to Israel through Operation Yakhin conducted by the Israeli Mossad. read more