The 46, 052 GRT cruise ship Magellan has recently completed a five-week scheduled maintenance stopover at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam. For two of the weeks the 222-metre vessel was positioned in the yard’s 250-metre no.4 dry dock where the hull, rudders and propellers underwent a thorough inspection and cleaning.
Originally built for Carnival Cruise Lines in 1985 and named Holiday, Magellan is now part of the Global Maritime Group Inc. and has recently joined the fleet of the British operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV). She accommodates around 1, 250 guests in 726 cabins across nine passenger decks, and has a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects a truly British cruise experience.
Appointed by the Global Maritime Group to undertake the docking, Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam conducted a wide range of maintenance and repair activities. These included removing the 16 lifeboats and taking them ashore for servicing, and the full range of standard docking tasks such as polishing the propellers, surveying the tail shaft, checking rudder clearances, and cleaning the sea chests, anodes and chain lockers. In addition, the eight air conditioning units were overhauled and the complete grey /black water vacuum system with its 700 toilets chemically cleaned. Various pipes were also renewed, including those serving the sea water pumps, ballast tank air vents and suction lines. The stabiliser fins were also serviced and the incinerator refurbished. Finally, significant steel repairs took place in the aft peak tank, and the high elastic friction clutch e-motor was overhauled.
With a full cruise programme for the summer, including a three day trip to Amsterdam and Antwerp departing London on 4 June, timing was critical with no room for delay. Effective and precise project management was a key factor in the success of this project.
“Overall, the project went smoothly due to close cooperation between the vessel’s management, the shipyard and, last but not least, a very cooperative crew, ” commented Ruud Haneveer of DamenShiprepair& Conversion. “The timescale was very challenging given the scope of the work required, but the quality of our facilities and the expertise of our workforce ensured that everything was successfully completed on time.”
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 ship- and repair yards, employing 8.000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5.000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approx. 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale value and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and super yachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of Services, such as maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. To complete, Damen offers a variety of marine components, especially nozzles, (flap-type) rudders, steering gear, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 16 repair & conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420×80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DS&C handles 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.