Three week maintenance programme a great success
On Saturday 17 October, the 329-metre, 156, 000 tonne cruise ship Norwegian Epic departed Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, for Southampton. She cast off a day early after completing a 3 week maintenance and refit programme ahead of schedule.
The world’s fifth largest cruise ship fitted with room to spare into DSBr’s 420-metre drydock number 3, and over 3 weeks around 3, 500 personnel worked around the clock on a range of projects. These included some major mechanical operations such as the replacement of both rudders and work on the stabilisers, the refurbishment of the public spaces, and the vessel’s first special survey since she was commissioned in 2010.
As well as the works on board, Damen Shiprepair Brest was also responsible for managing the major logistics programme that made the fast execution of this complex and intense project possible.
At the completion of the project both the client and the yard declared themselves very satisfied with the result. The client was very impressed with the facilities and the people involved and overall were satisfied with all aspects of the project.
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9, 000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5, 000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 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 values 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 superyachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 15 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.