Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Black Watch left the yard last Thursday after a nine-day visit. “Apart from routine hull cleaning and painting, a highlight of the work on the ship was the exchange of a complete davit and life boat station. In addition, both articulated stabiliser fins were overhauled ashore and the bow thruster was replaced. Steel work was required in the tanks along with maintenance and repair work in the machinery, electrical engineering and steel sectors,” Lloyd Werft said.
Phoenix Seereisen. the Bonn-based company is sending two of its three cruise ships to Bremerhaven at the same time for work designed to make them fit for winter cruises around the world. “Lloyd Werft has just seven and 14 days respectively to carry out extensive work on the 28,518 gross ton, 830-passenger Albatros and the 28,856 gross ton, 600-passenger Amadea.
Albatros arrived in Bremerhaven November 30 and will stay until December 17 . One of the main jobs being undertaken on the ship in the giant Kaiserdock 11 is the installation of a new bulbous bow. “This will save the owner about five percent of his fuel costs”, said Lloyd Werft Managing Director Rüdiger Pallentin, explaining the need for the big operation on the ship’s hull. The cruise ship, built in 1973 at Wärtsilä in Helsinki, is a sister of Black Watch.
As for Amadea, extensive repair work is scheduled for the vessel in Lloyd Werft’s big floating dock from December 4. Stabilisers and crankshaft plant will be overhauled and steel work undertaken as well as painting work on the sub-surface hull. The ship is also due to sail on December 17.
Finally, Swan Hellenic, the UK based destinational operator, has sent the 12,460 gross ton minerva to Lloyd Werft for an extensive refit that includes adding cabins with balconies and an observation lounge to the 1996 built ship.