Merima’s mission is to be the most successful company in the world in designing, building and delivering turnkey interiors for ships. In doing so, Merima will meet the customers expectations. Our company will do just that with leading and innovative technology, competitive pricing, overall accountability and highclass service and support.
We operate globally anywhere the cruise and passenger ships are being built or refurbished. Our goal is to be the preferred partner in creating specialized cruise and passenger ship interiors throughout the ships lifespan.
Mauri Mäkiranta, Chairman of the Board
Merima Oy was founded in 1987 by two individual owners, Mauri Mäkiranta and Timo Nisonen. Their business idea was to do what they knew best: supplying interior solutions for all kinds of ships.
1990 – The growth-oriented company quickly set its target at becoming the business leader in five years. The target turnover, EUR 1.7 million (FIM 10 million at the time), was surpassed during the third year of operation.
1993 – Merima moved into its current premises in Helsinki. This was another important step for the company that also supported the growth.
1999 – The company supplied approximately 4,500 sq. m. of public space to each of ships in the Voyager series between 1997–2003, including theatres, restaurants and club areas.
2000 - 2018
2002 – Merima has intensified its efforts in the conversion of existing cruiser ships. Our U.S. office Merima LLC was established to support this part of operations.
2015 – After 28 successful years at the company the co-founder Timo Nisonen retired and sold his shareholdings of the company.
2016 – Mauri Mäkiranta´s children Mikko Mäkiranta and Minna Mäkiranta became shareholders of the company making Merima Oy 100% owned family company.
2017 – Merima turned 30 years in October 2017.
Merima GmbH was established in Hamburg. The establishment of a dedicated company there allows Merima to serve the needs of our customers in Germany and elsewhere more efficiently and also expand the partner network.
The National Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 award was given to Merima for it’s 32 years of persistent and successful journey in international shipbuilding business.