Gibdock has ‘Spirit’ for cruise ship work
Gibraltar-based Gibdock continues to make inroads into the Mediterranean cruise ship repair and refurbishment market by completing a drydocking contract for UK-based niche cruise operator Saga.
In May, the 9,570gt, 139m long Spirit of Adventure was dockedfor a 10-day programme of works, including steel repairs to the bulbous bow and a comprehensive external clean and repaint. The 350-passenger Spirit of Adventure was originally built by HDW in Germany as Berlin in 1980 and was acquired by Saga in 2005 for its ‘Sprit of Adventure Cruises’ brand.
Cruise visitors to Gibdock so far in 2011 have included the 33,930gt, 215m long Thomson Celebration for first time customer, Cyprus-based Columbia Ship Management. The ship docked in March for an extensive package of works that included general drydocking and tailshaft overhauls, as well as the renewal of around 40 tonnes of steel on one of its decks. Gibdock’s ability to handle complex structural repair work on large cruise ships had been demonstrated towards the end of 2010 when it successfully completed demanding back-to-back repairs on two Pullmantur vessels, Empress and Sovereign. Both projects required significant amounts of steel renewal as well as routine drydocking work.
Richard Beards, Gibdock commercial director, comments: “This is another important breakthrough for the yard as it is the first time we have had the opportunity to work for Saga, which has in the past used other yards in the region. The project was completed on time and within budget, and we are hopeful that we can build further on this initial collaboration through additional projects with Saga in the future.”
Gibdock is proving to be an increasingly important yard for the Mediterranean’s cruise industry, Beards points out. “With cruise repair facilities in Barcelona closing down, we are showing that we are more than capable of stepping into the breach. We have handled a succession of cruise ships in recent months, and have two further cruise ships confirmed for November this year.”
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