Damen Damen Shiprepair serves cruiseship duo

Work on 'Marco Polo' included replacement of the main engine jacket with a new jacket fabricated at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam Work on 'Marco Polo' included replacement of the main engine jacket with a new jacket fabricated at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam has completed maintenance work on Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ two cruiseships, ‘Marco Polo’ and ‘Magellan’.

Equipment maintenance for Marco Polo included polishing the main propeller and bow thruster blades as well as overhauling the main engine coolers. The main engine cooler jacket was removed and replaced with a new jacket fabricated at the yard.

The 1965-built vessel was also provided with maintenance, renewal and upgrade works in her public areas and cabins, the air conditioning and evaporator rooms as well as renewal of numerous sea water and fresh water piping and overhauling of the overboard valves. Work was also carried out on the ship’s rudder, taking rudder clearances and repacking of rudderstock.

For Magellan, a significant part of the docking involved the tail shaft, explained Daniel Gerner, project manager at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam. “The starboard propeller hub needed inspection in the workshop, so a special lifting tool was made for removing the hub,” he said. “Then, after Rolls Royce’s survey, we machined the existing hub, blade carriers and W-plates as per inspector’s instructions.”

Work on Magellan’s propulsion system also included polishing of starboard propeller blades and repairs to the bow and stern thruster blades. Another major part of the project was installation of a new sewage tank system. This required cropping and removing the existing tanks. This was followed by construction and fitting of new foundations for the new sewage treatment units and strainers.

In addition to maintenance, renewal and upgrade works in her public areas and cabins, repairs of various steel damages and the overhauling of numerous ship’s systems was also necessary. “This included overhauling the main engine blower, tender embarkation cylinders, heaters, evaporator and purifier. And also one of the scupper pipes, which was renewed by Niron Staal’s pipefitters department,” Gerner said.

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