Cruise ship maintenance

15 Dec 2014
The recent grounding of ‘Marco Polo’ in Norway added an extra dimension to the repair project

The recent grounding of ‘Marco Polo’ in Norway added an extra dimension to the repair project

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently carried out a number of cruise ship repair and refurbishment projects in the Netherlands.

Recent projects have included work to both the Astor and Marco Polo, both operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Both vessels have been at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV) for a wide-ranging programme of work.

The 600 passenger capacity Astor underwent a DNV GL Class Survey which included high-pressure washing and painting of the underwater part of the vessel, overhaul of overboard valves, hull anode renewal, maintenance and recertification of lifeboats and gangway repairs.

Peter Sterkenburg, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said: “The work on the Astor was not without its challenges. The logistics were perhaps the greatest consideration – we had to manage this extensive scope, alongside a class survey, while 140 of the vessel’s crew remained on board throughout."

The 176.25m ship has now sailed from Vlissingen to Tilbury in the UK where it collected the remainder of its crew and passengers for a voyage to Australia.

Marco Polo meanwhile was originally scheduled for a class survey and similar scope of maintenance to Astor, but a recent grounding in Norway added an extra dimension to the project.

The grounding caused some minor steel damage to the flat bottom of the vessel which had to be repaired on top of the scheduled work and class survey. The vessel has now gone on to collect cruise passengers ahead of its journey to Brazil and the Amazon.

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