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NIT delivers "great spaces" for AIDAperla

AIDA Cruises took delivery of the second unit of its new ship generation when the 124,500 gross ton cruise ship, AIDAperla, was delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in April. NIT built a total of over 10,000 m2 of versatile technical and interior spaces around the ship. The NIT team delivered the SPA area, main passenger staircases, crew staircases, and AC rooms.

"We are glad to have supported in the AIDAperla project. We gave our strong support in the various projects and all our areas were delivered successfully. When speaking about the details of our crew area projects, we finalized our AC rooms’ project in December, one month earlier than scheduled. Our crew stair project included stairs all around the ship, crossing several decks," says Jari Suominen, CEO of NIT.

"In our passenger area projects, our SPA area covered 2048 m2 of indoor area and 770 m2 of outdoor area. We also delivered the main passenger staircases. This included five separate staircases, some of those reaching from deck three all to way to deck 15. Staircases are one of the most challenging areas of the ship to construct as a lot of technical systems must be fitted into narrow spaces behind the wall surfaces. Staircases cross several decks and in the shipbuilding project the staircases work as a passageway for the workers."

AIDAperla’s capacity is up to 3300 passengers and 900 crew members. She can reach 21.5 knots maximum speed. Starting from 1st of July AIDAperla has been sailing in the Western Mediterranean.

Grand Bahama Shipyard and L&R Midland (UK) Ltd signs exclusive agency agreement covering the UK market

Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), the largest and most respected shipyard in the Caribbean, has annpunced the engagement of L&R Midland (UK) to represent GBS in the UK in what is expected to be an increasingly busy period due to the rapidly approaching new IMO regulations for BWTS and EGCS.

The yard’s strategic location just 93 nm east of Miami, Florida, USA is in close vicinity to the Gulf of Mexico, Panama Canal, and situated along major shipping lanes. The year-round fine weather conditions make GBS the ideal location for docking, repair, upgrade and conversion of vessels from the cruise, commercial and off shore segments of the maritime industry.

Grand Bahama Shipyard’s facilities includes three floating dry docks capable of docking vessels up to 82,500 tonnes and over 300 m in length, significant berth and quayside facilities, including thruster pits, crane capacity up to 300t, extensive capability for hull, machinery, electrical and carpentry work, including many on-site specialist sub-contractors such as ABB, Rolls Royce and Wärtsilä. All UK enquiries for ship repair, upgrade or conversion at Grand Bahama Shipyard may be directed through Jon Holloway at L&R Midland (UK) Ltd via phone or email, +44 (0) 77 1214 8881 /This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trimline brings Australian style to Pacific Explorer

Now back in service, the former Dawn Princess has been transformed into P&O Cruises Australia's newest ship Pacific Explorer following a 12-day drydock in Singapore, where marine interior outfitters Trimline created a ‘modern Australian’ style in many areas of the ship.

The experienced Trimline on-site team overcame many technical challenges to create the new uber-cool Blue Room – one of the ships main focal points.

Other areas Trimline transformed included The Bonded Store with its secret entrance, Shark Shack, Turtle Cove, Future Sales, Photo Gallery, HQ, HQ+, Black Circus venue, The Lawn Bowls, Elemis at Sea, Elevator Lobbies and Stairwells.

Nicolas Lagesse, Hotel Assets Director, Technical Services for Carnival Australia said “I would like to thank you all for your contribution in making the Pacific Explorer Hotel Project so successful. The team effort was superb and the end result fantastic!”

The interior designers said “After 18 months of work on the Pacific Explorer, I’m delighted to tell you that we have delivered a product we are extremely proud of. It is exactly what we hoped to achieve, and P&O couldn’t be happier with the result. We want to personally thank you for all the hard work and support you gave us through this process – It wouldn’t have been possible without you!”

Michael Oliver, Trimline’s Co Chairman remarked “The Trimline team did a great job to overcome technical challenges and deliver the project on time, to budget and to the usual high standards for which Trimline is known. We now look forward to bringing the same level of workmanship to Pacific Eden later this month.”

You can read more about this project in the next issue of Cruise Business Review.

Oliver Design completes Trasmediterranea ferry upgrade in record time

Oliver Design, which specialises in naval design and architecture, recently completed upgrading of the Ciudad de Ibiza in record time for Trasmediterránea. The project involved fitting out more than 1,000 square metres of interior spaces in just 20 days while the ship was en route from the Caribbean to Algeciras, a major logistical challenge in terms of coordinating the different work involved.

In order to minimise downtime at port, operators from Oliver Design spent ten days working on board the vessel during the crossing from Trinidad & Tobago to Spain. In recent years, the ship had been providing a passenger and wheeled cargo service between the capital of the Caribbean state, Port of Spain and the country’s second island. Built in 2003 at the Barreras shipyards in Vigo and initially named the Super-Fast Galicia, the vessel was acquired by Trasmediterránea in 2005. The 160-metre roro ferry with a beam of 24 metres, can carry 219 passengers and 45 automobiles. It has a loading capacity of 1,715 lane metres, and since 19 June has been operating between Valencia and Ibiza.

On completion of the Atlantic voyage, staff from Oliver Design completed the refurbishment in another fifteen days at the Gibdcock Shipyards in Gibraltar. The work affected more than one thousand square metres of interiors, including refitting of the self-service restaurant and an upgrade on the bar, renovation of a lounge on Deck 8 with a capacity for 95 passengers, as well as refitting of the reception area and stairs, 29 interior and exterior cabins and the adjoining corridor, as well as reconditioning of the public toilets and the crew lounge, including installation of a new service lift.

Oliver Design's work included removal of existing elements and installation of new floors, baseboards and bulkheads adapted to the different spaces; repair and conditioning of windows; painting of ceilings and installation of LED lighting; decoration of panels, cladding and upholstery; fitting of new furniture and curtains in the different areas, catering equipment for the bar and self-service restaurant and new TV screens.

In addition to renovation of the Ciudad de Ibiza, Oliver Design recently completed work on four other Trasmediterránea vessels: partial renovation of the Juan J. Sister and comprehensive renovation of two twin super ferries, the Fortuny and the Sorolla, as well as fitting-out of the VIP lounge on the Zurbaran.

The company has now successfully positioned itself as a key player in services to the ferry sector. Other recent contracts included designing and fitting out interiors on the Texelstroom, the innovating vessel built at the La Naval yard for Dutch shipowner TESO; partial renovation and miscellaneous repair work for the Brittany Ferries fleet and design of Balearia's 232-metre ferry to be built at La Naval in Sestao. With 336 cabins and seating for 609, the ship will have capacity for 1,600 passengers and 350 vehicles. As well as undertaking architectural design, the Spanish firm will also design the interiors, and has been awarded a turnkey contract for fitting out all public spaces and exterior passenger areas.

Deltamarin signs contract with Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry to support construction of Viking Line newbuild

Deltamarin Ltd has signed contracts with Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd (XSI), which is located in southeast China, for engineering and construction support services for the Viking Line LNG-fuelled ro-pax vessel newbuilding. The contracts cover basic and detail design as well as comprehensive project management support and supervision services to the shipyard during vessel construction.

Deltamarin has developed the new vessel concept together with Viking Line, and delivered assistance in the tender and contract phases for the owner. Deltamarin’s sales manager Nina Savijoki comments: “We are very happy about the constructive cooperation with Viking Line. From a naval architectural point of view, they presented us with every concept developer’s dream challenge: to come up with a concept that is even more energy efficient in relation to cargo capacity than their Viking Grace, one of the most energy-efficient and sophisticated ferries on the market.”

“We have received good support from Deltamarin during the concept development and the worldwide yard selection phase, and look forward to continuing the work together with them and Xiamen Shipyard during the vessel construction,” says Kari Granberg, NB manager at Viking Line.

Special focus in the concept development was put on hull form development, weight control, energy efficiency (including waste heat recovery) and improvement of the General Arrangement. Deltamarin succeeded in making the new concept 10% more energy efficient than Viking Grace.

Now that the Viking Line ship contract with XSI has been confirmed, Deltamarin will continue with the basic and detail design of all disciplines for the yard. Deltamarin will also support the yard in project management as well as passenger vessel building process requirements and provide supervision services during the production of the newbuilding project.

The value of Deltamarin’s contracts with XSI in total is over €11 million. The engineering and pre-construction project management support will be carried out mainly at Deltamarin’s offices in Finland over an estimated period of 12 months. The supervision and other construction support services will be carried out until planned delivery of the vessel in 2020.

The new ro-pax vessel for Viking Line will have a passenger capacity of 2,800 people, and the length of its cargo lanes will be 1,500 metres. In addition to running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), the vessel will have two 24 m-high rotor sails installed. She will serve the Finland – Sweden route, connecting Turku, Åland Islands, and Stockholm as part of the European Union’s Motorways of the Seas project.

Deltamarin earlier worked together with XSI in a construction project for the world’s highest capacity Pure Car Truck Carrier series for Höegh Autoliners.

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