Lloyd Werft swaps Artania engines

13 Oct 2014
Artania returns to LWB

Artania returns to LWB

Work has begun at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) on replacing four Pielstick main engines with Wärtsilä units as part of the comprehensive modernisation of the 44,588gt cruise ship 'Artania', writes Tom Todd.

The Finnish-built ship, belonging to Phoenix Seereisen, is in LWB’s floating Dock 11 where 12m wide and 6m high windows have been cut on either side of her hull for the removal of the six-cylinder 5800kW Pielstick Diesels Type 6PC4-2L, each of 145 tons and 9m long. 

The old engines were being removed using heavy lifting gear from LASTRO in Duisburg. They have served since the ship was built as Royal Princess in 1984 and named by Princess Diana in Southampton. Renamed Artemis in 2005 she became Artania in 2011 when she was converted at LWB.

Officials said engine removal and the fitting of the ship’s new fuel-efficient Wärtsilä type 12V32 engines, which will also meet new eco standards, was expected to last until the end of October. Intermediate gearboxes were also being fitted between the existing gearings and the four new engines. Artania was also getting a new Wärtsilä auxiliary Diesel type 8L32.

Artania is the second Phoenix ship to get new engines. The four Wärtsilä-Sulzer 9ZH40/48 units on Albatros were swapped for Wärtsilä 6L38A engines at Blohm + Voss in 2005. That latter work cost €12 million.

The extensive Artania modernisation is expected to cost considerably more. Along with the installation of the new engines, new suppressors were being installed, the entire on-board fresh water system was being modernised and extensive steel repairs carried out. The ship was also getting 152 cabins on Decks 7 and 8 and an extensive annual overhaul including regular rudder and propeller maintenance prior to North Sea engine tests set for mid November.

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