HLKF reveals Italian cruise ship facelift

14 Nov 2011
‘Europa’ work included Azipod overhaul

‘Europa’ work included Azipod overhaul

Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (HLKF) has reported the completion of “comprehensive renovations” on its luxury flagship ‘Europa’ at Italy’s Fincantieri’s shiprepair facility in La Spezia, writes Tom Todd.

HLKF spokeswoman Negar Etminan said 13 days of renovations, which had not been previously reported, took place at the La Spezia yard because of the sailing schedule of the 28,600gt ship. They followed a cruise which Europa had just ended in Genoa, she said. “It can’t always be a German shipyard”, she told The Motorship.

Hamburg’s Blohm & Voss docked the now 11 year old, Finnish built ship in 2004 for extensive refurbishment and partial conversion and again in 2009 for similar work including Azipod overhaul.

The latest work on Europa, although described as routine, appears in fact to have been quite extensive. HLKF said it focused mainly on the renovation and re-design of public areas and suites. Some 2000m2 of new carpet were fitted and 5600 litres of paint used, it said.

A new in-room communication system from Siemens was installed on the 199m long, 24m wide ship. Etminan told The Motorship that routine but unspecified maintenance work had been carried out on the podded propulsion system, main engines, stabilisers, and bow thrusters.

She gave no details of the plant involved, but Europa is driven by two ABB azimuthing, low-vibration Azipods of total 13,300kW. Her main engine plant consists of 2xMAN B&W 8L40/54 and 2x MAN B&W 7L40/54 Diesels of combined 21,600kW developing 21 knots. Her stabilisers are from Fincantieri and her two bow thrusters are 800kW units from Brunnvoll.

The ship’s rescue systems were also overhauled and a new TV satellite antenna and radar plant installed, HLKF reported.

Another HLKF ship, the newly-acquired Insignia, is being converted and renamed Columbus 2 in Barcelona next April prior to entering service with the German company the same month.

Etminan said “the ship is in an excellent condition and no major constructional changes are needed”. She told The Motorship the yard stay would last “several days” and mainly involve interior and livery alterations although the Insignia Casino would be replaced by a dancing area and the Card Room by a Kids and Teens Club.

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