Damen maintenance for Norwegian cruiser
Damen Shiprepair Brest has completed a maintenance programme for a Norwegian cruise ship with a particular focus on the refurbishment of the ship’s two ABB azipods.
The 326-metre, 146,000 DWT, cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway was in dry-dock for 11 days and left the yard on 8 May six hours ahead of schedule.
“The client chose us for this project not only because we are capable of handling a ship of this size, but also because we are close to the major cruise terminal at Southampton, which was its last port of call,” said Laurent Salou, project manager at Damen Shiprepair Brest.
Mr Salou explained that this work also came to the shipyard on the back of the successful works performed on the Norwegian Epic in 2015.
During the azipod work, the DSBr team worked alongside ABB service engineers to repair the shaft bearings and replace the slewing seals.
These works required the removal of both propellers and took place in very close coordination with the other teams working on the vessel to ensure that no dust and other contaminants entered the systems.
At the same time, DSBr technicians worked with personnel from Brunvoll AS to undertake maintenance of the vessel’s three bowthrusters, as well as maintaining the two Fincantieri stabilisers.
The hull was also repainted, which involved the usual paintworks plus the decorative artwork on the vessel’s forward topsides.
While the Norwegian Breakaway was in dock, large quantities of the carpets inside the cruise ship were also removed and replaced by a specialist contractor.
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