International Cruise and Ferry - Spring/Summer 2019

A new lease of life Elly Yates-Roberts looks at some of the latest repair and refurbishment projects on ships from cruise and ferry operators worldwide REFIT REPORT Minoan Lines In January 2019, Minoan Lines’ Mykonos Palace docked at Palumbo Group’s Malta shipyard for the installation of an Ecospray scrubber. The shipyard took care of all steel, pipe and electrical works. “The project required a careful review of the received specifications and drawings, but our experience and good shipbuilding practices enabled us to find the most effective solutions possible,” said Andrea Sabbion, sales manager of Commercial Ships at Palumbo Group. Cunard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth spent 12 days at Damen Shiprepair Brest (DBSr) for a repair and refit project, with maintenance carried out on her stabilisers, ABB Azipods, bow thrusters and water intakes. Engineers also installed twin exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) and completed pipe and ducting work, removing two cabins to accommodate the additional equipment. Multiple cabins, corridors, the spa and part of the retail area were also refurbished. Queen Elizabeth’s hull and topsides were also cleaned and repainted, while DBSr performed routine maintenance on her lifeboats, liferafts and tenders. The project was completed a day earlier than scheduled. Damen Shiprepair and Conversion has also worked on P&O Cruises’ Aurora, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway and Regen Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Navigator. P&O Ferries P&O Ferries’ Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France have undergone repair work at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany this year. The bow thruster was replaced onboard Spirit of Britain, a task that involved replacing the associated e-motor. In addition, the flag was changed and a fuel-saving rudder element was installed. “We owe the successful and timely completion of this work to our experienced and knowledgeable team, which is able to respond quickly and flexibly to any challenges that arise during the course of the project,“ stated Oliver Kirmse, sales director of Ship Repair and Conversion at Blohm+Voss. 118 International Cruise & Ferry Review Building & Refurbishment