Revived LWB back on track with Genting work

'Crystal Symphony' work is a first for LWB 'Crystal Symphony' work is a first for LWB

Work on the multi-million euro refurbishment of the 51,044gt 'Crystal Symphony' is on schedule for completion at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) on 16 October, reports Germany correspondent Tom Todd.

“Everything is going according to plan and the scope of works remains unchanged”, a spokesman for LWB told The Motorship.

The extensive work on the cruise ship in LWB’s Kaiserdock II began September 19th on the ship’s way to Germany from Lisbon. It is the first internal contract of its kind between Genting Group members LWB and Crystal Cruises. LWB has belonged completely to Genting since 2016 and Crystal Cruises since 2015.

Interior work on Crystal Symphony is being carried out directly by Crystal Cruises and its partners while Lloyd Werft is handling shipbuilding and logistical demands. As a result, not only a large part of the LWB workforce but also more than 1,000 crew members and sub-contractors are busy on site.

Along with regular maintenance work, the ship is getting two new restaurants, the technical pre-requisites for the introduction of free on-board wifi and ultra-slim cabin TV screens. Some smaller cabins are being converted into 40 new suites of 34 to 45m2, reducing passenger capacity from 922 to 848.

Crystal Cruises has already announced plans to upgrade other ships in its fleet as part of an ongoing process, including the 68,870gt Crystal Serenity between 14 October and 10 November 2018. Who will get that refurbishment work was not known as of this report but experienced cruise ship conversion specialist LWB will certainly be hoping for the follow-up.

LWB managing director Ruediger Pallentin said the Crystal Symphony contract was “a clear commitment by our new owners to our traditional shipyard operations".

"The yard can point to years of experience and competence in cruise ship refurbishment”, he added.

Following the unexpected reversal in March 2016 of Genting’s original plans to build cruise ships at LWB in Bremerhaven, the future of the shipyard has been uncertain. Pallentin stressed however that LWB now had “a very good basic workload”. It includes new yacht building and design and the latest regular overhaul of the Germany research icebreaker Polarstern, which is arriving on 13 October.

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