Damen upgrades two ships for Cruise & Maritime

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

07 February 2017

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) has completed upgrades on Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) Magellan and Marco Polo. DSAm is part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC).

Both vessels are operated by British based Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), part of the Global Maritime Group. The works represent the on-going business relationship between Damen and CMV.

Marco Polo, which previously underwent maintenance work at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, was first inspected by DSAm’s project manager Wouter van den Bossche.

“After examining the vessel, we scheduled various equipment overhauls and repainting. Our first task was to completely high-pressure clean the hull and then paint the flat bottom and vertical sides in the renowned ‘Marco Polo’ blue. The topside of the vessel was painted at a later stage, which became the critical path for undocking,” van der Bossche said.

Magellan, which previously visited Damen in 2016, was in drydock in late November and resumed service on 5 December.

“A significant part of the docking involved the tail shaft. For example, the starboard propeller hub needed inspection in the workshop. So a special lifting tool was made for removing the hub. Then, after Rolls Royce’s survey, we machined the existing hub, blade carriers and W-plates as per inspector’s instructions,” Daniel Gerner, DSAm Project Manager, said.

Work on Magellan’s propulsion system also included polishing of starboard propeller blades and repairs to the bow and stern thruster blades.