Astor and Marco Polo receive renovations and class investigation
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently completed a number of cruise ship repair and refurbishment projects in the Netherlands, including Astor and Marco Polo, both operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. The ships went to Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV) for an extensive program of scheduled and unscheduled work. Damen achieved her reach within a tight deadline so that both ships were ready for the planned later voyages.
Astor, with a capacity of just over 600 passengers, arrived at DSV on October 17. While in port, she underwent a DNV GL class survey as Damen carried out scheduled maintenance including pressure washing and painting of the underwater portion of the vessel, overhaul of valves, renewal of hull anodes, maintenance and recertification of lifeboats, repairs to gangways and certification and renewal of engine room air supply ducts and fans.
Peter Sterkenburg, Sales and Marketing Manager at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said of the project: “Working on the Astor was not without its challenges – the diversity of tasks we carried out ensured that. Logistics were perhaps the biggest consideration – we had to manage this extended scope, alongside a class survey, while the ship’s 140 crew remained on board throughout. I’m happy to say we did everything as planned and all work was completed in time for Astor to sail on November 4th. The 176.25m vessel sailed from Vlissingen to Tilbury in the UK where it gathered the rest of its crew and passengers for a voyage to Australia.
Marco Polo arrived in Vlissingen on November 11. The ship, although similar in size to Astor, can accommodate up to 800 passengers. Marco Polo was due for a class survey and maintenance similar to Astor. However, a recent grounding in Norway added an extra dimension to the project.
Sterkenburg said: “The grounding caused minor steel damage to the flat bottom of the vessel so we had to factor this into the planning in addition to the planned work and the class survey. Naturally, this made the job more difficult, but we are used to this kind of project and reacting quickly when something changes. Everything went as planned. »