Specialist jobs for German repair yards

14 May 2011
‘SeaDream1’- one of two new jobs for German yards

‘SeaDream1’- one of two new jobs for German yards

Two Weser-based ship repair yards – Bremerhavener Dock (Bredo) and Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) - have added specialist plum overhaul contracts to already busy workloads.

Docked in Bredo’s Floating Dock 111 for routine overhaul and maintenance is the 4,253gt mini cruise ship and mega yacht SeaDream 1 (ex Sea Goddess 1). Reports said Bredo was also carrying out smaller unspecified interior work on the ship which reports said was being readied for her first service in the North Sea and Baltic this year.

SeaDream 1 and sister SeaDream 2 belong to SeaDream Yacht Club and were built by Finland’s Wärtsilä in 1984 and 1985. The 104.8m ships have just 56 cabins for 110 passengers and both have been renovated by Bredo specialists in the past, but not always in Bremerhaven.

SeaDream 1 is not the only luxury passenger vessel at Bredo in May. Due to dock May 18th in Floating Dock 1V is Germany’s most famous classic nostalgia cruise ship, the 22,496 gt Deutschland for all-round renovation. Interiors, including furniture, curtains and carpets are being renewed and teak decks re-covered. No price has been mentioned by her new owners, but it will clearly not be a cheap job.

Nearby LWB meanwhile has netted its third passenger ship refurbishment of the year – the overhaul of another Finnish built vessel, the 13,336gt floating hotel Wind Ambition.

Details of the work were not available as the 37-year-old ship docked last week. She was built at Wärtsilä in 1974 as the Prinsessan Birgitta and served, among others, with Color Line in the 1990s and with DFDS between Newcastle and Hamburg as the King of Scandinavia.

After service as the Turkish ferry Cesme, the 154m ship was bought by c-bed. She was converted last year at Denmark’s Fredericia Shipyard, now Fayard, into a floating accommodation ship in the Irish Sea.

Up to late May, LWB is also refurbishing the 44,588 gt cruise ship Artemia (ex Royal Princess) for the German cruise market and renaming her Artania. Before that, the yard completed the €50 million conversion of the 76,522 gt cruise ship Mein Schiff 2 (ex Celebrity Mercury) –its second conversion for TUI Cruises.

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