Repair and overhaul flurry at German yards

04 Apr 2013
British owned Blohm + Voss Repair yard in Hamburg

British owned Blohm + Voss Repair yard in Hamburg

A flurry of big ships calling for repair and overhaul has been reported at front-running German shipyards, writes Tom Todd.

First to call at British owned Blohm + Voss Repair in Hamburg was the P&O Cruises liner Ventura. Of 116,017gt, that Fincantieri built ship is one of the largest in the shipping company’s fleet.

Local media reports said her refit would last into April and cover class work and hotel sector renovation. The reports also said she had to berth at the Grasbrook cruise ship terminal for several days after arrival because bad weather prevented her being docked in Blohm + Voss’ giant Elbe Dock 17.

In the meantime Phoenix Reisen’s 28,518gt Albatros docked at B+V Repair for what reports said would be a stay lasting until 18 April for modernisation work. The ship, the former Royal Viking Sea, is nearly 40 years old.

The Hamburg shipyard was also awaiting the arrival on 20 April of the 154,407gt Royal Caribbean Cruises ship Independence of the Seas for her first visit to Hamburg and repair and renovation work scheduled to last into May.

Germany’s second big repair facility, Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, also reported new repair and conversion activity. Ruediger Pallentin, managing director, said the AIDA Cruises liner AIDAbella, of 69,203gt, would arrive on 2 April for a nine day stay. Work on the ship will include hull conservation, tank cleaning, crankshaft and rudder work, gangway weight tests and valve maintenance. She will be the first AIDA ship to call at LWB for technical work.

Pallentin also confirmed for the first time reports by The Motorship that the 93m drilling platform supply ship Island Centurion, in charter to Schlumberger, is at the yard for conversion. He said she had been there several months for conversion up to August into a well service vessel. Schlumberger told this correspondent late last year a second ship would also be converted at LWB but there is no further word on that yet.

Pallentin said of the conversion: “This job demands all our know-how, experience, flexibility and engineering knowledge. It will be a complicated conversion into a specialised vessel of the highest quality – just the kind of job we like and one which will demonstrate our capabilities”.

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