Cruise ships dock at German repair yards

18 Nov 2011
Welcome cruise ship work as ‘Oriana’ docks at B+V

Welcome cruise ship work as ‘Oriana’ docks at B+V

Germany’s two leading ship repair yards – Blohm + Voss Repair and Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) – are tackling work on a string of big cruise ships in welcome end-of-year employment for all.

Tom Todd writes: Both yards have been busy mainly with merchant ship work in recent months. But now Blohm + Voss Repair in Hamburg has docked P&O Cruises’ 69,153gt Meyer-built Oriana in its Floating Dock 11 for a month of technical maintenance and interior renovation up to December 17th.

 B+V spokesman Michael Brasse told The Motorship “the work is extensive and covers widely different sectors”. It includes the installation of a duck-tail for added stabilisation and passenger comfort. That means that more cabins can be added and some public areas are also being converted into new interior and exterior cabins.

Brasse said maintenance work included the removal and overhaul of the ship’s stern drive shaft as well as the overhaul and unspecified renewal of engines, machinery and piping, electric and control systems. No further details of that were immediately available. Oriana’s tank was also being emptied and inspected and various other steel works carried out.

Oriana was being joined at B+V later this month by Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 for her latest drydock and refit in the giant Elbe Dock 17. That will include interior changes, maintenance and class and control work.

LWB meanwhile is now gearing up for the arrival of cruise ships after handling merchant ship conversion. The 28,518gt Phoenix Reisen ship Albatros was due to dock before the end of November for extensive maintenance and class work. Reports said that included environmental modernisation of engine emission technology, complete restaurant renovation and the modernisation of other public areas.

Albatros was being followed in early December by the 28,856 gtAmadea, also from Phoenix, for cabin modernisation and the renovation of some of her public areas.

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