LWB to carry out further cruise upgrade

04 Jun 2014
‘Artania’ is to get new engines plus comprehensive upgrades at LWB later this year

‘Artania’ is to get new engines plus comprehensive upgrades at LWB later this year

German repair yard Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) has announced that it has received an order to carry out a comprehensive package of conversion work on the V.Ships/Phoenix Seereisen cruise ship ‘Artania’.

The ship is scheduled to dock at the yard at the end of September for a 76-day visit, during which the old Pielstick PC4-2 main engines will be replaced by new fuel-efficient Wärtsilä 12V32 units, new transmissions and a new 8L32 auxiliary will be installed, as well as other extensive repairs and upgrades.

The four old main engines will be removed through openings cut in the hull and the new diesels installed. At the same time the new suppressors will be installed, the entire on-board fresh water system will be modernised and an extensive programme of steel repairs will be carried out along with the installation of balconies for 152 cabins on Decks 7 and 8 plus improvements to the public areas. LWB built balconies onto 96 cabins on Decks 5 and 6 during the ship’s 2011 conversion. At the same time, the yard will carry out the scheduled annual drydocking which will include regular maintenance work on the ship’s rudder plant and propellers prior to the first test of her new propulsion system in the North Sea in mid-November.

The 1984-built ship, largest in the Phoenix fleet, was originally named Royal Princess, then became P&O’s Artemis after a refit at LWB. She revisited the yard in 2010 for a technology upgrade. After the 44,588gt ship passed into its current ownership and took on its present identity in 2011, Monaco-based V.Ships and Phoenix Seereisen chose the yard for a previous 28-day conversion project. According to LWB, coping with tight deadlines and complex jobs and challenges is its speciality, and as it knows the ship so well it was a favourite to win the latest, and biggest, job.

Artania will arrive on 27 September and is scheduled to return to service on 6 December. Lloyd Werft Chairman Rüdiger Pallentin said: "We won this large contract - which is very demanding in every respect - over some stiff competition from other yards." Lloyd Werft’s order books were already well-filled but Mr Pallentin added "now we are chock-full. There’s just no room for any more at the moment. Sometimes the yard is simply too small".

Project manager André Stegmann explained that the ship will be in the big Kaiserdock II for only 60 out of the 76 day total timescale. The rest of the time will be taken up with sea-trials. "So, as usual, the schedule is more than tight", he said, "but we will still get the job done on time."

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